Hoover beach dance chases away winter blues

Hoover Elementary School’s cafeteria could have been mistaken for a beach Jan. 31 – minus sand and sea.

The Hoover Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization welcomed hundreds to its second annual beach dance, where beach balls were flying and everyone looked ready to soak up some sun.

DJ Dean Downs, a physical education teacher in Spring Lake Park, entertained students with a mix of new and classic tunes and his variety of headwear – everything from an Afro to a birthday hat to a “Duck Dynasty” getup.

The music was so loud, one had to almost scream to be heard, but kids didn’t feel much like talking when there was so much to do and see.

When they weren’t shaking a leg on the dance floor, many kids, little ones especially, uprooted inflatable palm trees. Perhaps meant as decorations, students got a kick out of toting them around the venue.

Even though it was a typical Minnesota January night outside, students had no problem slurping up Popsicles in their beach attire – board shorts, sundresses, flip flops and more, as well as leis distributed at the party’s entrance.

The dance was “awesome,” Eric Aus, 5, screamed as his favorite song, “What Does the Fox Say?” played.

The PTO decided to host its beach dance in the winter to break up the long season.

“Everybody needs some warmth,” said Nicole Backen, chairperson of the PTO.

Olivia Koester is at [email protected]

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