Over 700 students attended ‘The Bachelor’ closing party, making it a success, says Seasider Sports & Activities employee


Students enjoying the BYUH end of semester dance party.

Photo by Leung Yui

With more than 700 students in attendance, the winter semester closing social had an incredible turnout, according to student employee Zayne Williams, a Florida senior majoring in communications.

Not only did the students come and stay throughout the dance, but they were also respectful, energetic and up to honor code standards, Williams said.

Marissa Shin, a first-year student from Myanmar who is majoring in English, said dancing made her feel alive and “renewed after a busy day with work and school”. She shared how much she loved attending a BYUH dance party because the students respect each other.

Williams added: “We really wanted to give students the opportunity, just before things got crazy, to relax, let loose and do it in a safe environment.” While they decided on the date for last semester’s closing dance, planning began in January.

Ethan Ballard, a senior from Las Vegas, Nevada, majoring in business management, said it was one of his favorite dances the school has ever hosted. If he could say anything to younger students, Ballard said he would advise them to try new things. “I was definitely hesitant to go dancing, but after going, I was still glad I went. Give them a chance!”


landscape shot with dim lighting of a couple of students hugging and facing the camera holding a red rose in the Aloha Center ballroom during a school dance

The party featured red roses as part of “The Bachelor” theme.

Photo by Leung Yui

A party worthy of a “Bachelor”



Williams explained how her idea for “The Bachelor” theme for a dance started out as a joke, but as planning ideas were thrown around, the Seasider Sports & Activities team decided to roll with it.

The bachelor theme was inspired by the television show “The Bachelor”, where a single man embarks on his journey of love in order to find his wife among 30 different women. In the show, exquisite parties are organized every week and roses are distributed to women who interest him.

Held in the Aloha Ballroom, the dance floor was covered in colored lights, confetti-filled balloons and fog from fog machines. To emphasize the bachelor theme, decorations included bright plastic rings, red carpets, roses by the dozen, and red and gold accents.

A photo booth with a stylish backdrop and props such as signs, crowns and tiaras provided the perfect place for students to take a photo in “The Bachelor” themed badges.

Additionally, a booth was set up where students could vote for Most Eligible Bachelor, Most Eligible Bachelor, Best Dressed, and Best Dancer. The winners were announced at the end of the dance.

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