by: Tatanisha Wooley
The 2014 Spring Ball Dance will be hosted at the famous historic Drake Hotel, located on the lakeside of Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago. The dance is on April 11th from 7:30 p.m. to 12 p.m. and will take place in the hotel’s grand ballroom. Hosted by Programming Board and ResLife, the dance will include transportation to and from the venue, a three-course meal, a cash bar and dancing.
Tickets are currently being sold at $25 per person, and the price will go up to $30 per ticket on March 8th. Students who want to purchase tickets can buy them in the Krasa cafeteria, Krasa 115, Coal Ben, or the residence halls. Tickets can be purchased with either cash or a check, and Benedictine students are allowed to bring one outside guest to the dance.
Students are expected to follow a dress code for the dance. This will include formal wear and no jeans, t-shirts, sneakers or baseball caps. The formal dress code has been assigned due to the venue of the event, the Drake, which is a high-end hotel.
In previous years, the dance was held at Crystal Gardens and on the Mystic Blue Cruise located in Navy Pier.
When the dance was announced, many students were excited because the dance was going to be at the Drake. The expectations of students are high since the Drake is so famous and historic.
“I expect it be extraordinary and exceptional because it’s at the Drake Hotel,” said Ryan Nuguyen, a senior at BenU.
Mary Severado, a junior, says she expects a night of historical elegance transforming everyone back to the amazing, roaring 20s.
The theme of the dance is the Roaring 20s and all students are encouraged to dress accordingly. The theme is a perfect match with the hotel since the hotel was founded in the 1920s. The hotel was designed in Italian Renaissance style and quickly became one of Chicago’s recognizable and famous landmarks.
The Grand Ballroom was originally built in the roaring 20s for the Charleston craze. The dance floor was made to put a spring in dancers’ steps. The Grand Ballroom overlooks Walton Street, feeling like you are walking into a modern day twenties.