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BNC plans Semester Shakedown

by Poorva Singal, Online News Editor and Op/Ed Editor
The BNC Semester Shakedown is scheduled for Friday, March 9, from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at Blair. A Downcounty mixer, the dance is open to all Montgomery County high school students with school IDs. Students may purchase tickets for $4 starting about a week and a half before the dance outside of the SAC. Tickets will be sold for $8 at the door.
All high school students with MCPS IDs are invited to attend the BNC Semester Shakedown on March 9.  Poorva Singal
All high school students with MCPS IDs are invited to attend the BNC Semester Shakedown on March 9.

The Semester Shakedown is an annual dance sponsored by BNC. It was canceled last year because of scheduling conflicts and problems with the administration, according to Nicole Severi, the BNC Public Relations Executive Director. This year, BNC hopes to draw a bigger crowd, especially because plans did not work out last year, she said. Other high schools in the Downcounty Consortium have been contacted, so they may advertise the dance to their students.

The Semester Shakedown is set apart from other school dances, like homecoming and prom, not only because it is advertised at other Montgomery County high schools, but also because it is a casual dance. "This is an opportunity for people who like to dance and who like to engage in school activities like that but don't necessarily like to dress up the whole time," Severi explained. The only stipulation is that students must follow the school dress code.

Other interested high schools will be given ticket vouchers to give to their students, according to BNC advisor Shay Taylor. Students from other Montgomery County high schools may present the ticket voucher the day of the Semester Shakedown at the door for a reduced presale price. Or, they may purchase a ticket at door price without the voucher. Blair students may also purchase the actual tickets for themselves and their friends and other Montgomery County schools. "We really encourage people to come [and] bring their friends," Taylor said.

A range of songs is planned for the dance. "We're going to try to get a decent variety [of party music]," Taylor said. "[The DJ is] very good at coming up with what pleases the crowd." BNC chose a DJ a couple of months ago, according to Taylor. At the Semester Shakedown, students will also be able to buy refreshments and possibly snacks something that still has to be decided on, she said.

BNC hopes that by making the dance a mixer, more people will be encouraged to come. "It's just a way to try to gain a bigger crowd not just students at Blair but students at other schools in the county," Severi said.



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  • critic on February 26, 2007 at 3:40 PM
    a replacement for the winter dance????? hmmmmm, i think SO!!!!!!
  • yeah... on February 28, 2007 at 9:56 PM
    have fun when no juniors show up because its the night before the sat
  • what the... (View Email) on March 2, 2007 at 10:01 AM
    i don't think people will come to the dance
    what the hell 90% of blair students didn't even dress up for spirit week and they were not happy with the theme and u expect people to show up at the dance?? this year spirit week suken and the theme also sucked the SGA should ask diffrent groups of people about their opinion befor making a decision.
  • clearing up some misconception on March 4, 2007 at 4:18 PM
    Re: critic
    BNC's Semester Shakedown is NOT a replacement for the SGA's canceled winter formal. BNC has been planning this dance for a long time now.

    Re: what the...
    The Semester Shakedown is an event sponsored by BNC, not the SGA.
  • critic on March 4, 2007 at 7:28 PM
    right and they are both not a sorry excuse for a school program! wake up genius! if the winter formal is canceled, then why isn't the semester shakedown canceled also????? i'd rather have the winter formal than a stupid shakedown, who came up with the stupid name anyways? watch when no one shows up for ur precious shakedown, it SUX!!!!!!!
  • a positive note on March 4, 2007 at 9:01 PM
    I dont understand why ppl are haing second thoughts about coming to tha dance. ppl always say that we need to have more school dances and when one comes up they dont want to go because they dont no if other ppl are going. how about this....if we all go then u wouldnt have to wonder about who is going rite. so stop all this complaining cause if we cancel this dance everybody will start complaining why tha dance was canceled. So when a dance comes just go, have fun, and stop complaining.
  • ... on March 4, 2007 at 11:28 PM
    Re: critic
    "A sorry excuse for a school program"? Excuse me, but I don't feel the same way. Many people put a lot of time and effort into BNC, and your ignorance is beginning to irk me.
    Also, I'm sorry if you didn't know this already, but the winter formal was canceled as a result of inclement weather. I don't see why that should have any effect on the Semester Shakedown.
    Perhaps if you could provide constructive criticism (instead of simply calling the dance a "stupid shakedown" and saying that "it SUX!!!!!!!"), BNC could work to remedy whatever problems you have with their plans for the dance. But suit yourself; if you don't like the idea of the dance, then just don't go. No one's forcing you to.
  • It's a dance on March 5, 2007 at 11:01 AM
    To critic:
    It's a dance. You either go or you don't. Don't get your underwear in a bunch over this.
  • Yeah on March 5, 2007 at 1:24 PM
    The Shakedown is not going to "sux" as the critic i belive that its going to be one of the best dance this school is going to see.
  • yay on March 5, 2007 at 1:40 PM
    Go BNC!
  • the best people ever on March 5, 2007 at 2:05 PM
    woooooooooaaahhhh BNC! holler.
  • going on March 5, 2007 at 7:51 PM
    im definetly going and so is like everone
  • greatest dance ever on March 5, 2007 at 10:10 PM
    i heard the dj is mad good. i'll mos def be there. and i'm bringing friends from other schools.
  • (View Email) on March 5, 2007 at 10:17 PM
    Maybe more people would go if you played some better music.
  • Why WOULDNT You Go (View Email) on March 6, 2007 at 9:14 AM
    the music IS going to be good, BNC is the only group who has ever pulled off a great dance in the past. Other Shakedowns in previous years have been awesome and successful, so come, meet people from other school, bring your friends, dance...$4 is way cheap
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