Singing, dancing, a HUGE bon fire and orange and black as far as the eye can see – it can only mean one thing – it’s Snake Dance! If this is your first year at Ridley you are probably wondering what this event is all about. Snake Dance is a Ridley tradition that has been around since the 1940s! Students dress in school colours and sing school songs around a huge bon fire on campus! It’s a lot of fun and a great way to show school spirit, but you still might have some questions….so I enlisted the help of a few students to come up with some tips for Snake Dance:
- Paint alone is not enough, even if it seems like it covers everything… a shirt and some pants are a necessity.
- Get into the spirit of things – wear as much orange and black as possible and be creative with your outfit!!
- Stock up on tea and honey for the day after…or say goodbye to your voice right now.
- Make sure to shower right after snake dance ends. Or you will be the one person on Monday morning with a tiger paint paw on your cheek.
- Don’t wear shoes or your school tie to snake dance. You might not recognize them after.
- Even though it’s called snake dance, there are no snakes involved. Only some Ridley tigers….
- Stay behind the rope – unless you want this night of fun to be your last for awhile.
- Bring a waterproof camera and take lots of pictures.
- Have fun – Snake Dance is a memorable event at Ridley and participating makes you a true Ridleian.
- If you come back sweaty, wet and paint even in your mouth, then you did everything right.
*Tips provided by Anna B., Grade 11 student