Annual university-community dance set for Nov. 17

Shippensburg University students are heading to the dance floor with members of the local community.

Students in the Social Work Practice with Organizations and Communities class taught by Dr. Marita Flagler and members of the Student Social Work Organization will host the Fourth Annual All Inclusive Dance at 6 p.m. Nov. 17. The free event, open to community members with disabilities and their family members, and Ship students, is in the Tuscarora Room in Reisner Hall.

At this year’s jungle themed event, participants are encouraged to wear their wildest animal print attire to celebrate uniqueness and beauty in diversity. “The idea is everyone has their own unique print,” according to Flagler.

Activities, such as face painting, will correspond with the jungle theme. Door prizes, music, dancing and food will be available at the event.

According to Flagler, the event provides an opportunity for Shippensburg students to experience diversity in a fun and enjoyable environment, and gives community individuals with special needs an opportunity to dance and have fun.

Flagler said community members look forward to the dance each year. “I start getting e-mails and letters in August asking if there will be a dance this year.”

She also said the event allows students to put their classroom knowledge to use. “A lot of work goes into this, from recruitment of volunteers, to fundraising, to advertising, to mailing invites, to the actual organizing of the event.”

For more information, contact Flagler at 477-1266 or by e-mail at