In keeping with the theme of “Dance With Me” in this semester’s chapel, Olivet Nazarene University will be hosting its first ever formal dance on Saturday, April 22 from 8-10:30 p.m. in Chalfant Hall.
While dancing has traditionally been frowned upon amongst Nazarenes, recent rulings within the denomination leadership have created leeway that allows for dancing, or dances, to take place within the context of a fellowship setting.
“I’m a literalist, so if we’re going to talk about dance, then we might as well dance,” Mark Holcomb, ONU’s chaplain said.
With the approval of Holcomb to use his chapel theme as the formal theme, students can expect various reconciliation themed decorations and refreshments at the event.
Colony House is rumored to be performing live to boost student attendance, followed by headliner duo Jack and the Boiz (featuring ONU Juniors: Jack White and Curtis Dayton), not to mention a hot, new DJ with a playlist including Aaron Carter, Of the Land, and Elevation Worship’s new album.
To get students excited about the formal, and to encourage Olivet appropriate attire, all undergrad females are invited to bring in old formal dresses for a dress swap in the Warming House at 6:00 p.m. on April 8. All dresses must abide by the ONU dress code for future wearers to be able to wear them to the formal event.
At the formal, all traditional Olivet rules will apply, given the exception of the new ruling in favor of dancing. With that being said, a “leave room for Jesus” rule will be enforced between dancing couples by a few outside mediators, including Holcomb himself. Holcomb and the mediators plan to do this by toting a copy of The Message Bible around and ensuring that students can fit the Bible between them length-wise.
“There is no better setting for reconciliation than that in which you are moving in the Holy Spirit to the right and to the left, then walkin’ it by yourself while following the commands of ‘Cupid Shuffle’ alongside your brothers and sisters in Christ,” Abigail Brestin, event coordinator said.
While ONU does expect some pushback from more traditional Nazarenes, the organizers believe that this formal is in the students’ best interests. By attending the first ever formal to take place on Olivet’s grounds, students will not only be fellowshipping with each other, but reconciling each other in a fun setting. Be sure to come out to the Reconciliation Formal in Chalfant on April 18 at 8:00 to be a part of history in the making!
— Kyla Bledsoe, Dancing Queen