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‘A Knight Like No Other’ at Trinity

Posted: May 20, 2013 8:03 p.m.
Updated: May 20, 2013 8:03 p.m.

Trinity Junior, Grant Wolf dances with Trinity Senior, Emily Kim in a traditional ballroom dance.

 

When Trinity was founded, it only had Kindergarten through second grade and planning a prom was many years down the road.

But the years flew by and as high school approached, the question began to be asked, "Are we going to have a prom?"

Head of School, Liz Caddow and Principal, Wendy Massetto, had many conversations about the purpose behind a school dance, and what it might look like if they did choose to have one.

They consulted other classical, Christian schools in their decision-making process and finally, the idea of the Ball was born.

Hearkening back to decades and even centuries past, and the original traditions of the "promenade", Trinity’s administration sought to develop a beautiful, formal evening with traditional dancing and a special dinner.

"The goal was to show the students how to enjoy an elegant event in an appropriate manner, where the gentlemen would learn how to escort the ladies and the ladies would appreciate the gesture," said Caddow.

In 2012, Trinity had its first Ball, and in 2013, the tradition continued.

The tickets included dinner and three mandatory ballroom dance lessons, to be held on campus on Fridays after school the three weeks leading up to the event.

The ladies were required to wear full-length gowns that were to be approved by the principal.

The gentlemen were to wear suits or tuxedos with dress shoes, no casual shoes allowed.

The music was traditional, from the renaissance to American standards like the music of Sinatra.

Trinity hired Katina Childs-Muller, a professional dance instructor with 20 years of teaching experience.

She taught them the East Coast basic swing as well as a few line dances. Childs-Muller found that the students were motivated to learn quickly as they would have only three lessons, and remarked, "Teaching ballroom dance to Trinity students is such a privilege for me and for the young ladies and gentlemen. It’s an honor to not only prepare them for the ball, but to introduce them to a skill that can continue to bring them joy throughout their lives."

Only Trinity students in grades 10-12 are allowed to attend the Ball.

They may come with a date, on their own, or with friends.

Once there, it is one big family and they all enjoy dancing with each other and sharing a fine meal. Childs-Muller added, "I think the Trinity administration is on to something…not only are they learning an admirable and desired skill, but they are also avoiding the less clean and innocent dancing that unfortunately does happen at proms and dances in typical high schools."

For more information on Trinity, contact Trinity Classical Academy at 661- 296-2601 or visit www.TrinityClassicalAcademy.com.

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