Dances

Is your organization interested in hosting a dance? The staff in the Office of Student Activities can help!

Only ONE Pause Dance per month.

This checklist has everything you need to know to host a successful dance:

Dance Checklist

  • Reserve your space
  • Contact the Office of Student Activities (BC 107, 507-786-3999) to discuss security with Kris Vatter (vatter@stolaf.edu) or Steve Romenesko (romene1@stolaf.edu)
    • Dances often require outside security
      • Kris and Steve can book outside security and your org must pay for 30% of the price of outside security (about $360 for the org)
    • Find a DJ
      • Contact ADC (olleville.com/ADC/) for suggestions
    • Select a member to be the host(s)
      • This person will be at the dance the whole time and be available for any questions
        • Due to the necessity of being available, they cannot participate in the dance
      • Have org members sign up for job shifts throughout the night (or assign them)
        • Required shifts
          • ID Scanning (2 people per shift)
          • Snacks and Water (2 people per shift)
          • Set-up (4 people minimum)
          • Clean up (4 people minimum)
        • Contact Jennifer Halko (halko1@stolaf.edu, BC 107) to reserve ID swipers and receive training by Wed. the week of your dance.
        • Reserve Event Host Badges from Jennifer or have each member wear an identifiable item, like an org t-shirt or your own badges during their shifts
        • Attend the Monday Pause Programming Meeting at 10:10am the week of your event
        • Check out a credit card from the OSA and purchase snacks for the event
          • Pretzels, goldfish, etc are a must
          • Candy usual too (gummy candy is hard to clean up)
          • Menards is recommended to buy candy in bulk
        • DJ should arrive at 9pm (or an hour prior to start)
        • Host(s) and set-up team should arrive at 9:30pm at the latest (or at least 30 minutes prior to start) to set up snacks and water and swiping station (2 swipers and 2 computers)
          • The Office of Student Activities has bowls for snacks that can be checked out
          • Water jugs and cups are supplied by the Pause but it is the org’s responsibility to keep the water and cups stocked
        • During the event host(s) will remain available for questions, not participating in the dance, and checking on members who signed up for shifts.
        • Host(s) and clean up crew must stay and clean up at the end of the dance
          • Sweep
          • Put tables used for food and water back where they were
          • Clean snack bowls
          • Empty and return water jugs

Any questions? Contact the Office of Student Activities (BC 107, 507-786-3999)