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“From the Waltz to the Jitterbug”: Dances at Syracuse University, 1900-1960 - …And even more dances Slideshow

SU students attended dances for all other kinds of occasions, including the College of Forestry informal, academic groups such as the Engineers Ball, or the Sadie Hawkins Dance where the women asked the men to attend.


Dance card for the 1917 Forestry Club informal. Because the College of Forestry (now SUNY-ESF) has been so closely associated with Syracuse University, SU students commonly attended Forestry dances. Opened dance card for the 1917 Forestry Club informal. Couples dancing at a Forestry Dance, ca. late 1940s-early 1950s. [ARM Image 11-0913] Couples dancing to music at a Forestry Dance, ca. late 1940s-early 1950s. [ARM Image 11-0914] Couple dancing at a Student Union dance, ca. late 1940s-early 1950s. [ARM Image 11-0912] Couples dancing to a band at the 1949 Engineers Ball at Hotel Syracuse. [ARM Image 11-0917] Student being crowned queen at the Engineers Ball, 1949. [ARM Image 11-0918] Sadie Hawkins Dance, ca. 1951. [ARM Image 11-0911]  For this informal dance, a tradition that started in the U.S. in the late 1930s, women ask men to be their dates. The event is derived from cartoonist Al Capp's Li'l Abner comic strip and the character, Sadie Hawkins.