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Adriana Game, dance, Lumies, Campus Life - By on Thursday, April 19, 2012 - 05:58

Students in elegant cocktail dresses and suits made their way off the buses and up to the famous Los Angeles hotel that reads “The Beverly Hills” in shinning lights. A red carpet led students from the entrance of The Beverly Hills Hotel to the private ballroom where the event was held this past Saturday, April 14.

The occasion was the annual Luminarias Dance presented by Program Board. Students checked in with Program Board and proceeded to socialize in the foyer that was adjacent to the ballroom. Couples and groups of friends gathered together to take photos with the professional photographer that was set up. Eggrolls and other savory hors d’oeuvre were offered to students as they waited for the doors of the ballroom to open. A cash bar was also in this area for those 21 years or older.

There was no coincidence that the theme for this years dance was “Hollywood Through the Ages”. “We went through a process of coming up with different themes and corresponding them to the locations we were looking into” sophomore Christina Smith said.

Students were awed as the doors opened and they saw sparkling crystal chandeliers throughout the ballroom. “I really liked the location this year” senior Katherine Van Allen said. “It was appropriate for how dressed up everyone was”. Although there were other ballroom choices, Program Board decided on the Rodeo Ballroom. “We felt that it was perfect for the setting,” Smith said. “It was classy and intimate, but just enough space for the number of people we expected.”

The dinner was open seating and each table seated 10 students. A live band took the stage and serenaded students as they were served a fancy three course meal. Before the dinner even concluded, many students made their way to the dance floor to enjoy the live music. The DJ hit the stage around 11 p.m. and had almost every student in attendance up dancing to Top 40 hits.

At around midnight, the buses made their way back to the hotel and began taking students back to campus. The dance, however, did not end until around 1 a.m. as expected.