Dances/ Balls Freshman can attend

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  1. peboyle49

    peboyle49 New Member

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    I was wondering if there are any dances/balls that 4th years can attend at the USAFA? I read somewhere that there was one during parents weekend? Are there any others during the year?
     
  2. scraper

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    not parents weekend falldance more like end of spetember if memory serves me correct.
     
  3. Pima

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    Got to ask why the curiosity?

    Types of phones, personal items, letters, weekend privileges I get, but dancing/balls I don't unless you are using it as some form of motivation to make it through BCT. Even at that point I would be afraid they would pull out the ruler and nail me for something as a C4C regarding the uniform.:wink:
     
  4. dohdean

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    There will be one required dance your freshman year and one required dance your sophomore year -- I say "required" because you will be required to appear and attend for a certain amount of time.

    Ring Dance occurs Junior year (was held last Friday night) -- and is much more fun than the first two.

    The freshman event occurs sometime after Parents' Weekend -- I don't recall the timing of the Sophomore event, although I seem to remember that it may also have been in the fall. These kinds of dances are traditional events at military academies -- probably a hold over from the days before females were admitted as cadets/midshipmen. In those days, young women were brought in from nearby colleges -- so everyone had someone to dance with. Today they are seen as chances for young men and women to learn how to conduct themselves at "formal" events and how to "mingle" with officers -- something that you will have to know how to do in the military. They are probably also supposed to be "fun" and a break for the cadets.
     
  5. buffalo

    buffalo USAFA 2013

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    Mandatory fun...
     
  6. eagle36

    eagle36 USAFA Alumnus

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    Birthday Ball is for freshmen (celebrating the "birthday" of the Air Force) and Autumn Ball is for Three Degrees. The Autumn Ball is the only dance where cadets get to wear civilian suits (Birthday Ball - Service dress; Ring Dance - mess dress; Graduation Ball - Mess Dress, with butter bars!)
     

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