And We Danced All Night

Allison Harpole. NUI Galway, Ireland


April 20, 2015

January 27, 2015

My eyes grew more and more tired by the minute. I let out a slight yawn and covered my mouth to try to hide it. I rested my head on my hand and debated my plans for the night. Arie and Sarah want to go to a “silent disco” after listening to music and Monroe’s. I was torn on what to do. On one hand, I was curious to see what a “silent disco” actually was, but on the other hand, I haven’t had much sleep in the past several nights and was on the verge of being exhausted. And when I get exhausted, I get sick… When they mentioned the disco, I told them I was still thinking if I would go or not. Sarah seems to think it is like a club and I hate clubs. They are dirty, trashy, and not my type of fun, so I definitely did not want to be a part of that. But what if it isn’t anything like that? What if I miss out on something? When Arie and Sarah agreed that we could go within the next few minutes, I inched closer to making my move to leave. But when they both said that if it was lame, we could leave to get food, I convinced myself to go. At least they also did not have such high hopes for the silent disco. I gave myself a mini-pep talk and then followed the girls around the corner from Monroe’s to the pub holding the silent disco.

When we reached the pub, we were entered and paid for our tickets that led to a dance floor. It was 11:30 p.m. and the dance room was nearly dead. Already, I assumed we would soon be walking out the door. We carried our headphones on our arms and found a spot to gather and talk near the front of the stage. We looked at one another awkwardly and unsure about what to do now, but Arie said that the ticket employee told her that it would get better as the night grew later. She was right, because just 15 minutes later, people were flooding onto the dance floor just as we had figured out how the headphones worked. Arie took my hand and led it to two buttons on the headphones where I could switch between a mainstream channel or a rap channel. I looked up towards the DJs and noticed that the two screens behind them were playing the music videos that went to the music. I bobbed my head to the tunes and belted “Summer Nights” from Grease with Arie and Sarah, laughing in-between the high notes. The dance floor grew smaller by the minute as people flooded in. But with my headphones on, I jammed out to the great music barely noticing the large crowd behind me. From “Summer Nights” to “Jessie’s Girl” and even “Shake it Off,” I danced and sang the whole night with Sarah and Arie by my side. I can’t remember the last time I have had so much fun! The silent disco was definitely worth saying yes to.