|Elliott Miller, a fourth year Physics Major, dances in the middle of the ring during Disco On Ice.
No money, check. Skates, check. Funky
disco music, check. Friends, check.
That was all you needed for CAB’s
second Annual Ice Disco Skate on
Friday, March 28th.
When you think of disco music, you think of a
combination of Saturday Night Fever, the ‘70s, and
roller skates. Since it’s a bit difficult to set up a
roller rink on campus, however, CAB came up
with the idea to bring “funky town” to the Frank
Ritter Ice Arena instead.
Lots of students came out for the disco skate.
The event was free for all RIT students and
was definitely something fun to do on a Friday
night. With disco music blaring, record decorations
greeting attendees on to the ice, and bright
neon lights spinning around the rink, all skaters
contributed to the classic ‘70s vibe for the night.
Old disco favorites set the tempo for the skaters
to “shake their groove thang” on the ice.
Halfway into the event, the zamboni was
brought out to clean the ice for disco partakers,
which provided a smoother ride and helped
skaters knock off some killer tricks on the ice.
This gave many participants the chance to get
off their feet without feeling like losers as they
took their cue to leave; it also gave new people
who arrived around the same time an easy entry
without missing their disco favorites.
From the Bee Gees to the Jackson 5, many disco
hits that would make you want to “knock on
wood,” “stay alive,” and “get up off that thang”
were all present and accounted for. Bright lights,
blaring music, and some kids in cool and semitacky
dance gear definitely brought back memories
of an average high school dance, save for
the fact that they were on ice. Mini-groups of
friends sprinkled around the Frank Ritter Arena
with the real dancers (or in this case, good figure
skaters) in the middle of the rink showing off
their skills. Too bad there weren’t any off-beat
dancing principals dancing around—that, and
spiked punch—or the disco skate could quite
easily have passed for one of those stereotypical
high school dances that one is used to seeing
in ‘80s and ‘90s movies.
The greatest thing about the event not being like
a high school dance was the fact that you could
skate by yourself or with a partner. Even if you
didn’t want to skate by yourself or hold a friend’s
hand, skating near them wasn’t that hard. The
only problem with that is that if you have too
many people skating that way, it’s harder to get
around the rink. I nearly ran into at least two
packs of people because they were either skating
too slowly or had spread themselves too far
horizontally in the same direction.
Even with a few trips and falls here and there,
the disco skate was very entertaining, and was
definitely something new to try. It utilized the
facilities that we have on campus that are available
to us as RIT students.