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When you walk into a rave, you are immediately taken over by the sensation of the vibes. The energy is contagious as you scan the crowd, watching the bodies as they gyrate to the high-tempo of the bass line pounding through the speakers.
The latest Niagara College Student Administrative Council (SAC) pub night, referred to as a Masquerave (a combination of masquerade and rave), was anything but the scene described above.
“This is not a rave,” says Brianna Ray, a 19-year-old Community and Justice Services student, adding that it feels more like a “confused” club than anything else.
Small groups of people pepper the dance floor socializing among themselves in a way that could have one making comparisons to Grade 7 dances. There is enough space between them to stickhandle a hockey puck from one side of the floor to the other.
The dancers come out in waves. At one moment, a circle is made while people take turns trying their luck at break-dancing while spectators cheer and holler from the sidelines.
Valerie Ceko, 19, of St. Catharines, a broadcasting student at the Welland campus says she was having fun.
“When you’re with friends it’s always fun,” she says. She suggests more people might have shown up if SAC had made it an all-ages show. Ceko says this is her first pub night on campus and she is glad she came.
The men behind the tables are DJ Full Spectrum out of Fort Erie and Kel Dor. Dj Full Spectrum says when it comes to shows he doesn’t like to plan his set and likes to keep it as fresh as possible.
“When you’re on the dance floor at a rave and you hear that new song that you’ve never heard before, it smacks you in the face.”
He says he didn’t mind the house was not particularly packed or busy, adding, “It’s only a Tuesday night.”