The Second Chance Dance, a dance that offers residents of Hill Resources Developmental a chance to experience a prom-like event, is back.
The hoped-to-be-annual event started in 2013 by the Student Social Work Association, but they had to cancel their plans last year due to the renovation of the Bennett Gymnasium.
This year, the dance will take place from 7-9 p.m. Friday in Gym D of the Student Recreation and Wellness Center. All ACU students are welcome as well as residents of the Hill Resources Developmental and Disability Services.
“Prom is an event that some students who came from private schools never had the chance to experience, and I know this is true for some of the Hill Resources residents as well, which is why this dance was created – to give them a second chance,” said Astrid Tzoc, president of SSWA.
It’s not very often the residents of Hill Resources get to attend a dance that is integrated with college students.
“It is a heartwarming experience to interact with these community members who are so passionate about life who love to dance and who make friends with everyone they come into contact with,” said Sarah Floyd, vice president of SSWA. “It is inspiring to be around their contagious smiles. Everyone has a great time; it’s impossible not to.”
All the decorations for the dance are donations provided by a church and the Students’ Association, and some recycled items are also being used.
“There is no specific theme, but we are just going to try to create a prom feeling with the resources we have,” said Tzoc, senior social work major from Houston. “Overall, it is just a fun way to give people who may not have had a prom, a chance to enjoy it. Old prom dresses are encouraged.”
The price for admission into the dance is to bring a toiletry item, game or puzzle to donate to the Hill Resources residents.
“This is an awesome event, and everyone is invited,” said Floyd, senior social work major from Cedar Hill. “It is a great excuse to go thrift shopping to find unique and crazy outfits that you normally wouldn’t wear. It is a great time to be together, to meet new people and create community.”
SSWA will be selling Second Chance Dance T-shirts at the event, and further information leading up to the dance can be found https://www.facebook.com/events/774423429331266/.