BATTLE RISING: Students celebrate school's first Courtwarming Dance

Saturday, February 15, 2014 | 8:59 p.m. CST; updated 7:02 a.m. CST, Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Battle High School held its first Courtwarming Dance on Friday. Eli White, a Battle student, was crowned Courtwarming king that night.

COLUMBIA — A Battle High School freshman looked anxiously out of the front doors of the school for his date to arrive. The corsage he bought for his date was boxed and ready.

The students inside were standing around the cafeteria, hesitant and waiting to see who would be the first person brave enough to dance. It was a scene so classic that it could have been ripped straight from a high school movie, as timid teenagers awkwardly tested the waters for the first time. 

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But at once, the right song came on and the students kicked off their high heels at Battle High School's first Courtwarming Dance on Friday.

The dance floor reached peak capacity when “Cupid Shuffle” came on. Balloons were thrown about in the air, and some students were able to drag members of the faculty into the dance circles that had formed.

After an hour of dancing, the main lights were turned on, and the students gathered around the DJ where the nominees for Courtwarming King lined up.

Grace Hodson, a Battle High School student, grabbed a microphone and a crown and marched down the line of nominees before turning to Eli White, the first ever Battle High School Courtwarming King.

White wasted no time and started the party back with a solo dance before a group of students rushed up to join in.

The dance was the culmination of the school's Spirit Week, which takes place when both the boys and girls basketball teams have their first home games in the same week.

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