Тhe Glamour and Cheer of the Christmas Ball 2016
To set the start of the Christmas festivities, the Student Government at AUBG organized on Dec. 1 the SG Christmas Ball 2016. According to the SG senators, the event was visited by nearly 200 students. With the help of the Broadway Performance Club, AUBG Dance Crew, Radio AURA, Infocus, and AUBG Rock and Jamming Club, the Student Government managed to create a night of glamour and Christmas cheer at the ABF Sports Hall.
The preparation for the event started a week in advance in order to avoid some organizational issues that occurred during the Christmas Ball 2014. Due to some minor incidents at the ball, the members of the Student Government were prevented by the AUBG Administration from organizing the second edition for the following year. However, this year, the SG senators came up with a detailed plan for the Christmas Ball 2016, which was presented to the Dean of Students, Lydia Krise, for approval. Prior to the ball, on Nov. 29, SG collaborated with the Broadway Performance Club and AUBG Dance Crew in organizing the Christmas Ball Dance Practice, a workshop for rehearsing Christmas waltz that was scheduled between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. The organizers also held a flash mob workshop, from 9:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., on the same day, that was attended by 10 students.
“There were people in SG who were very encouraged to make it happen this year and make it happen better, and to actually show people that SG does something first of all, and actually spread some Christmas spirit and make some beautiful event because we don’t really have a lot of balls or anything fancy on campus,” commented Aila Baizhomatrova, senator in the Student Government.
According to Baizhomatrova, the majority of the SG members were not present at the Christmas Ball 2014, meaning that they had to rely on their “imagination and their efforts.” Setting up the ABF Sports Hall for the event took nearly 12 hours.
“A lot of effort was put into this, a lot of attention to the details, a lot of decorations. The true Christmas spirit was present at the event itself,” shared Tsvetiana Zaharieva, host of the Christmas Ball 2016.
Another obstacle that the organizers faced was the catering. The issue originated from the fact that the budget for the SG parties was decreased from 1500 USD to 500 USD at the beginning of the academic year. According to the SG senators, the reduction in the funds available was taken in order to distribute more money to the many active clubs on campus in support of their initiatives. Because of this, the organizers had to turn down the offer provided by the AUBG Canteen management due its high price and chose to use Mark’s Guerilla Kitchen as the catering provider for the evening. However, they were not allowed to use the tables from the ABF Canteen and from the Hungry Griffin Café, both supervised by AUBG Dining Services. The decorations for the event were supplied by Skaptopara 1 residence assistants and the Bon Appetit Cooking Club at AUBG.
When the clock stroke 8:30 p.m. the Christmas Ball began. The night was divided into two parts. The first hour of the event was designed in a way that all of the guests would enjoy a night of glamour and cheer. The AUBG Dance Crew joined in with and individual performance as well as a group flash mob organized in the middle of the sport hall. The members of Radio AURA made sure to keep the Christmas party spirit by taking care of the Christmas Ball 2016 music playlist. The photographers of Infocus captured the happy moments of the guests of the event. The rest of the night was dedicated to the choice of the King and the Queen of the Christmas ball in the AUBG community. The transition between the two parts was set by the performance of Pm Tran, member of AUBG Rock and Jamming Club, who sang “Make You Feel My Love” by Adele.
“The SG Christmas Ball means a lot to me, so to sing there is a really nice experience, and the best feeling is that when I sang my favorite song there, and we were in the middle of the song, the organizers of the ball turned off the lights until the end of the song and this was amazing,” said Tran.
Her performance was followed by the waltz dances and two games, music chairs and balloon popping, that were organized for the couples competing for the crown. The evening concluded with the final vote. The titles of King and Queen of the Christmas Ball 2016 were given to Nikola Toshev and Mladen Manolov, two third-year students, who won with 10 votes. The two boys considered their application as an intriguing way to have fun but did not take into account the probability of winning.
“Half of me was expecting us to win because [we thought that] people were gonna vote for us obviously and half of me was like ‘dude what the …, people will not vote for us.’ And then we were sitting in the Sports Hall and Mladen was like “dude, dude we are gonna win,” and Karina said “This is very unexpected but the winners are Mladen and Toshev.” and we were like duuude,” noted Toshev, King of the Christmas Ball 2016.
According to the organizers and many of the guests, the event turned out to be better than the Christmas Ball 2014 in terms of organization. After the Christmas Ball 2016, Marina Georgieva, senator in the Student Government, asked for the permission of Lydia Krise for the organization of Christmas Ball 2017. The Dean of Students was satisfied by the results of this year’s event and promised her support for its next edition. Moreover, the event left a good impression on the people attending the ball.
“The organization was actually really good, especially in terms of decoration – when I went there I felt really cozy. I liked this one better because they prepared better, better preparation, better atmosphere and better organization in terms of songs and performers,” shared Tran.
“The event was one of those events that brings the community together and it celebrates the friendship, the understanding. Provides an opportunity for the people to get together outside of the clubs and have the old-fashioned traditional fun in the sports hall,” said Zaharieva.