Wild, Wild West Dance

By Amanda Moses

On November 15th, Frederick Douglass Academy (FDA) VIII held their annual dance in Abe Stark Primary School (PS) 346’s cafeteria—the theme was the Wild, Wild West. Event coordinator Mrs. Marian Gallo-Cummings is a social studies teacher, so she decided to incorporate this year’s theme with the history of Western American culture. Gallo, FDA VIII staff, and the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) adapted the glamour of Hollywood Westerns for the dance’s decor, transporting students to a John Wayne-esque cowboy film set.

There were bundles of hay scattered around the cafeteria and to add to the old Western appeal, Gallo shrouded the room in wooden wallpaper so that the students would feel like they walked into a barn-like dance hall. Guests were invited to dress in traditional Western apparel, such as flannel tops, rugged blue jeans, boots, handkerchiefs, and cowboy hats.

“I wanted to give the students an opportunity to socialize with each other while also showing them a different culture,” Gallo said.

The teachers and chaperons wore sheriff badges, and students were able to pose in a saloon themed photo booth. The most popular song played that evening was Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” featuring Billy Ray Cyrus.

Everyone was invited to dance, chat with their friends, and eat a wide array of Southern themed foods; tacos, tortilla chips, sliders, and even s’mores were some of the popular dishes served.

Photos courtesy of Frederick Douglass Academy VIII