YEEHAW! The Sadie Hawkins Hoedown was a huge success with its fun dancing, exciting atmosphere, and beautiful decorations. Energy swept through the Hoedown and made it impossible to resist dancing to the exhilarating beat of the music. The laughter and fellowship gave way to a memorable Friday night and allowed all to relax after a busy week of school.
The soft candlelight that gently ascended down the outside staircases provided an attractive entrance that drew people into the thrilling atmosphere. The music and dancing harnessed a character of simplicity and elegance that gave a relaxing vibe to the room. Proudly sporting their flannel shirts and cowboy boots, students danced their hearts away to the rhythm of the music. Furthermore, the couples dancing style allowed people to meet others as each would spin and swing their partners to the next dancer.
As beaming smiles and ceaseless dance engulfed the night, this Toccoa Falls College event revealed a family established in the center of the dance floor. There was an inviting light that illuminated the area and the smell of a campfire breezed through the people. When asked what one thought of the dance when they first walked in, Lauryne Hill said, “It was not what I was expecting, it was beautiful.”
Mason jars and lights gave a country feel to the tables on one side of the large space. Around the room were colorful streamers that twirled above. The sparkling lights that smoothly hung from the ceiling gave the room a cozy glow. Hay bales, games, food, and dancing made the Hoedown a fresh and exciting start for the spring semester. The Sadie Hawkins Hoedown was a fantastic, creative event possessing a warm community and generous feel.
The patient dance instructors were very helpful as they carefully provided step-by-step instructions to make everyone feel involved. Let the word “patient” be greatly emphasized as these instructors endured the lack of formal dance skills from the students. Step-by-step, students would follow the dance instructors to the best of their ability. Brooke Colston said, “My favorite dance was the Too Tee Ta,” a dance that provided clear instructions and lots of laughter when everyone had to stick out their tongues, close their eyes and sing, “A Too Tee, Ta” repeatedly. Everyone had a great laugh towards those who stumbled. “Triple step, triple step, shimmy and slide” were all terms that were very hard to follow with the fast rhythm of the music. Nevertheless, everyone was able to laugh at each other when they looked ridiculous on the dance floor. Once students accomplished a part of the dance, each would shout, “Yeehaw!”, “Hallelujah!”, and “Yes!” This made learning the dances even more entertaining and filled with amusement. The very essence of community was demonstrated at the event. It was special because students were able to build relationships and surround themselves with loving people.
The Hoedown was filled to the rim with spectacular features of fun dancing and entertaining people. As the dance ended, people seemed unable to shake off their dancing mood no matter how exhausted they were. The dancing continued with cowboy boots skipping and dancing all the way back to campus and into the city. Events like the Sadie Hawkins Hoedown are important to our community because it provides a way for people to meet others and impact each other’s lives. Hanging out and having a good time at events like these, initiates friendships that last a lifetime. The Sadie Hawkins Hoedown truly exemplifies what Toccoa Falls models, creating a community that values relationships and shares the gospel with others.
*featured image provided by Bailey Crosby*