Middle School Dance

Middle School Dance

General Information

The Washington Township Rec Center invites you to enjoy an evening with your friends dancing to the latest tunes at Rec West. We have gym and game room activities along with the Wii on the movie theatre screen.  Dances are open to Centerville and Washington Township Resident Middle School Students Only (Magsig, Tower Heights, Watts, Incarnation, Spring Valley and Miami Valley). Adult supervision is present at all times.

Middle School Dance Information (Grades 6-8)

Dance Dates: Time: Location: Fee:
Saturday, September 19, 2015 8:00-10:30pm Rec West $7/person
Saturday, November 21, 2015 8:00-10:30pm Rec West $7/person
Saturday, January 16, 2016 8:00-10:30pm Rec West $7/person
Saturday, March 19, 2016 8:00-10:30pm Rec West $7/person
Saturday, May 21, 2016 8:00-10:30pm Rec West $7/person

Middle School Dance Policies

  • Students must check-in, and NO ONE is permitted to leave until the dance ends, or unless a parent comes in to pick up their child.

  • Centerville School dress code and rules of conduct are enforced.

  • No tank tops, tube tops, halter tops, any blouse/shirt showing the mid-drift, any pant-style showing any area below the waist, t-shirts referencing profane language/alcohol/drugs. Students dressed inappropriately will be asked to leave the dance and their parents called.

  • No fighting, rough play, cursing, or disrespectful behavior.

  • Photo I.D. is required at each dance. Acceptable I.D. includes current Recreation Center Resident Card, Recreation Center Pass, Ohio Identification Card, valid passport and other similar forms of identification. Parents may accompany students without proper identification at the time of admission to provide proof of residency.

  • *NO RESIDENT CARDS ARE SOLD AT THE DANCE. Resident cards are sold during Recreation Center hours of operation. Parents must accompany their child to verify address when the card is purchased.

  • Parents interested in volunteering as a dance chaperone may contact Rec West at 438-7985.

Middle School Dance “Fast Pass”

This pass will allow you to scan in at the middle school dance and avoid the long entry line.  Fast Pass Holders will also get a discount on a per dance basis. 

Benefits of the Fast Pass include being able to use the pass as your photo I.D., the dances are pre-paid, and you scan your card for entry which will avoid the long check in lines. 

Annual Dance Pass     $30 ($6/dance)

Middle School Dance FAQ...

History of this program:

The dance originally was started and ran by the Tower Heights Middle School PTO. The dances were held at Tower Heights on Friday nights after the high school football games.  The students would then walk over to the middle school and enjoy the dance. The dances were only in the fall during football season.

In 1988, when the Washington Township Recreation Center (WTRC) opened, the Tower Heights PTO asked if we would help and “get involved” with the dances. We did, and primarily observed and assisted where needed.

In 1989, the Tower Heights PTO then asked if WTRC would take the dances over and move them to the recreation center. We did, and then proceeded to expand it. Since it was moved to the recreation center, the students wouldn’t be able to walk down to the dance after the games, so it was changed to Saturday nights. Also, instead of only having it after home football games in the fall, it was changed to once a month over the entire school year, usually the third Saturday.

Since then, WTRC has run the middle school dances.

Q: Why does my child need to show an “I.D.” to get into the dances?

A: We require an I.D. as a safety precaution. It is to make sure only Centerville students attend the dance. We compare the I.D. to the school roster that is provided to us by the three middle schools.

Q: What type of “I.D.” is accepted? Most middle school kids don’t have an I.D. and the schools don’t offer one.

A: We require an I.D. from a “trusted source”. Examples of this are: yearbook, smile card, rec center pass/fast pass, passport, state/military I.D. or parent/guardian can check them in. Basically, something professionally created with the student’s picture and name on it. There are probably many more examples of this out there and you can always call and confirm if it is alright to use (937.438.7985).

Q: Can parents observe or volunteer at the dances?

A: Yes. We invite all parents to come and observe what is taking place at ALL the dances. All who want to help and volunteer can call Rec West (937.438.7985) for more information and ask for Jim.

Q: I thought the dances were held in the main gym at the Rec Center building?

A: Not anymore. From September 1989 to November 2011, they were held in the main gym at the Rec Center, but we have relocated. As of January 2012, the dances are held at the Teen Center building called Rec West. It is located behind the Subaru Dealership.

Q: I have heard bad things about the dances, are they true?

A: There has never been a huge problem with the dances. There has been the occasional pushing, shoving or arguments between students, but nothing different than what is experienced when they are at school.

While in the past, dancing was the only option, by moving the dances to Rec West, we provide a better atmosphere for the students to have fun. There is more for them to do besides dancing and the staff/security are better able to monitor the kids’ activity.

Q: What is the difference between the dances being held in the gym at the main Rec Center and being held at Rec West? A dance is a dance, right?

A: There is a big difference.

1. The main Rec Center building only allowed the kids to dance or not to dance. There wasn’t any place for them to sit and socialize comfortably nor were there other activities available for them to do. So, some students would get “bored” and shenanigans would be the result.

2. At Rec West, they can dance, play the Wii on the theater screen, and watch a sporting event in the game room. We also have foosball, shuffle board, air hockey, pool table, ping pong, computers, basketball, corn hole, plus plenty of seating to socialize with each other. Not to mention a dedicated concession area to sit and eat snacks while watching the dance floor. Also, we installed dance lights and a fog machine to give it more of a “club feel”.

The dances are not only about dancing anymore; it’s about getting students together to enjoy a Saturday night having fun in a safe environment.

Q: What if I volunteer and I see something happening that seems to be inappropriate?

A: There are recreation staff and 2-4 security guards at each dance but volunteer parent chaperones are encouraged to join the fun. Volunteers are given specific instructions before each dance detailing rules of participation for the students who attend. Usually the students at the dances are well behaved but should a problem arise, volunteer chaperones can handle situations as they pertain to the guidelines on your own OR you can ask one of the Rec Center staff to do so for you.

Q: What if my question is not answered here on this FAQ?

A: All questions will be answered by either: calling Rec West (937.438.7985) and asking to speak with Jim or email (jnock@washingtontwp.org) OR at the dance.

*This form along with the “Middle School Dance Policies” and the “Middle School Dance Fast Pass” information can be found on our website www.washingtontwp.org/recreation/prog/dance or on www.facebook.com/RecWest in the “notes” section.


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