Written by Sophie Thibodeaux
Members of women’s social clubs Phi Kappa Delta (PKD) and Delta Gamma Rho (DGR) held a function called “Delta Dancing,” Tuesday, April 11, where participants learned and practiced different line dances together.
Senior DGR activities director Janae Pierson discussed how the idea for “Delta Dancing” came about and the creative minds behind it.
“DGR has been doing this ballet class once a week, and then that has kind of evolved into weekly yoga classes and ballet classes,” Pierson said. “Everyone has been on this kick of using our resources within the club, having people who are knowledgeable about certain hobbies teach everyone else in a way that’s fun and free and easy to participate in.”
Senior PKD marketing director Bailey Ridenour was the one to reach out to Pierson to discuss her idea for a line dancing class with DGR. She wanted everyone to spend a few hours in mirror room C207 in the Donald W. Reynolds Center for Music and Communication, learning new dances and techniques from traditional Western line dancing.
Senior DGR president Lori Cosby said this event was a spin-off of a ballet class one of their club members was already teaching.
“One of our freshmen, Reed Wilson, had started this ballet class, so it was kind of a spin-off of that,” Cosby said. “She just started once a week teaching ballet class, and she’s inviting not just DGR people, but a bunch of other people to come to it.
Sophomore PKD activities director Avery Smith said the clubs were seeking a great way to end the year and have fun.
“We’re really close with DGR because we’re doing Spring Sing together, so we kind of just wanted to do something to collaborate and end the year with a bang,” Smith said. “A lot of our girls love to dance, so DGR contacted me and said, ‘Hey, let’s do Delta Dancing. Let’s get together in the mirror room and just have fun.’”
The clubs agreed on an optional Western attire theme, encouraging participants to wear outfit pieces like cowgirl boots, hats and other traditional Western clothes. There was no cost for this unofficial function, and it was intended as an opportunity for people to bond and get to know each other better.
The function took place from 9-11 p.m. on Tuesday. The function can potentially become a recurring activity.