SEATTLE, WA – Party goers Saturday night were disappointed after spending an entire evening walking house to house finding only casual kickbacks and not raging parties – “Not a single house was throwing out bangers,” noted 25 year old young professional, Tracy LeBanc. The Capitol Hill community is changing rapidly before our eyes. Once filled with century year old landmark residences, the Central and First Hill Districts are seeing these old Seattle University Frat Houses taken down and turned into modern multi-unit housing.
Highly paid and pissed off young professionals aren’t the only people upset by the lack of a good ol’ rager. Local university students who normally dedicate Saturday night to, “lighting up the dance floor with their dank moves,” were sad to see most people just wanted to sit around and chill, maybe chat a little bit about their privilege and how patriarchal society is getting them down. “I wanna dance… I wanna let go of my worries, get in a dance circle with my girls and just dance,” said Sarah Fisher, a Marketing major. However, some were excited at the opportunity to settle into a relaxing evening. Jean Roberts, a senior at the local university, was never the dancing type – “Don’t get me wrong, I boogie when I need to. Tonight, I don’t need to.”
Some partygoers were happy to have avoided the dancing. Quinn Daven, a student originally from Bomont, West Virginia, was worried dancing might break out off the radar like it had in his hometown. After a big school dance one night, a small town student was killed in a drunk driving accident. The town blamed dancing for the accident, and ruled it illegal within the county line. It wasn’t until Kevin Bacon poignantly and aggressively brought dance back to the town that Daven finally noticed a change. “[Bacon] was a friend of my brother’s in high school. He made a big deal about driving just beyond the line to bounce around and dance to some tape he had to hide from his parents,” recalled Daven. When Bacon brought those moves to the prom that year, the State Legislature changed the statute on the spot.
Dancing was legal again.
As another weekend approaches, the citizens of Capitol Hill prepare for what will most likely be more uber hoping from kickback to kickback. To the dancers out there – every floor is a dance floor, every song is a banger, and every room is a place to release your inhibitions.
The forecast this weekend is for rain. Will you feel it on your skin?
– James Cashman