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 only to Centerville and Washington Township resident middle school students (Magsig, Tower Heights, Watts, Incarnation, Spring Valley and Miami Valley). Adult supervision is present at all times.
|2016 Dance Dates||Time||Location||Fee|
|Saturday, January 16||8 - 10:30 pm||Rec West||$7/person|
|Saturday, March 19||8 - 10:30 pm||Rec West||$7/person|
|Saturday, May 21||8 - 10:30 pm||Rec West||$7/person|
Students must check-in, and NO ONE is permitted to leave until the dance ends or 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 midriff, any pant-style showing any area below the waist, t-shirts referencing profane language/alcohol/drugs. Students dressed inappropriately will be asked to leave and their parents called.
No fighting, rough play, cursing, or disrespectful behavior.
Photo ID is required at each dance. Acceptable ID 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.
Resident cards are not sold at the dance, but can be purchased during Recreation Center hours of operation. Parents must accompany their child to verify the address when the card is purchased.
The pre-paid Fast Pass allows you to scan in at the middle school dance and avoid the long check-in line. Fast Pass Holders get a discount on a per dance basis. Benefits include being able to use the pass as your photo ID.
Q: Why does my child need to show an ID to get into the dances?
A: We require an ID as a safety precaution, to make sure only Centerville students attend the dance. We compare the ID to the school roster provided to us by the three middle schools.
Q: What type of ID is accepted? Most middle school kids don’t have an ID and the schools don’t offer one.
A: An ID from a “trusted source” is required. Examples are: yearbook, smile card, rec center pass/fast pass, passport, state/military ID. A parent/guardian also can check them in. Basically, something professionally created with the student’s picture and name on it. There are probably many more examples. You can always confirm if an ID can be used by calling Jill Reid at 433-0130.
Q: Can parents observe or volunteer at the dances?
A: Yes. All parents are invited to come and observe what is taking place at ALL the dances. All who want to help and volunteer can contact Jill Reid at 433-0130 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, the dances were held in the main gym at the Rec Center. They were relocated in January 2012 to Rec West, located on the recreation campus behind the Subaru Dealership.
Q: Are participants well behaved?
A: All students are expected to be courteous and respectful. Recreation staff and two to four security guards maintain a safe environment and a host of activities keep kids occupied and promote a positive atmosphere.
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: The dances aren't just about dancing anymore. They're about getting students together to enjoy a Saturday night and have fun in a safe environment.
The main Rec Center building only offered dancing. At Rec West, they can dance, play the Wii on the theater screen, and watch a sporting event in the game room. There's also foosball, shuffle board, air hockey, pool table, ping pong, computers, basketball, corn hole, plus plenty of seating to socialize with each other. A dedicated concession area offers a place to sit and eat snacks while watching the dance floor. Dance lights and a fog machine give the events more of a “club feel.”
Q: What if I volunteer and see something that seems to be inappropriate?
A: Volunteer parent chaperones are encouraged to join the fun. Volunteers are given specific instructions before each dance detailing rules of participation for students. Usually the kids are well behaved. Should a problem arise, volunteer chaperones can handle situations as they pertain to the guidelines OR ask one of the Rec Center staff to do so.
Q: What if my question is not answered here?
A: Contact Jill Reid at 433-0130 or email@example.com.
Middle school dances originally were hosted by Tower Heights Middle School and held at Tower Heights on Friday nights after high school football games. When the Washington Township Recreation Center opened in 1988, the Tower Heights PTO asked if we would get involved with the dances. We did, and primarily observed and assisted where needed. At the PTO's request, the recreation department took over the dances in 1989. Since then, we've expanded the dance program, first at the Recreation Center and then at Rec West. The dances are now held on select Saturday nights over the entire school year.