Whether it’s the Snow Ball or Homecoming, in the late sixties to early seventies in America, you’re going to find the same thing on college dance-floors: young men and women dancing like confused idiots. The ladies are wearing the new ultra short skirts, and the dudes are hustling and sweating in their blazers. It was a dark time under the shadow of Vietnam, but somehow also a very bright and innocent time. Let’s have a look at photographs taken at college dances from 1968 to 1971, pulled from old yearbooks and newspapers. Enjoy.
Above and Below: Homecoming Dance – California Western University (San Diego, CA) – 1968
Arizona State University, Class of 1970
Fullerton Junior College (Fullerton, CA) – Class of 1969
Grayson College (Denison, TX) -1971; I dig the girl’s revolver dance accessory. Suffice it to say, this would not fly today.
Santa Ana Junior College (Santa Ana, CA) – Class of 1970
For high school dance photos, see: Teens Behaving Awkwardly: A Look at the 1970s High School Dance
Holy Names University (Oakland, CA) – Class of 1969
Tarrant County College (Fort Worth, TX) – Class of 1969
“Howdy Dance” – Howard College (Big Spring, TX) – Class of 1971
“Mortician’s Ball” – University of North Texas (Denton, TX) – 1968
San Diego State University – Class of 1971
California-Western-University (San Diego, CA) 1968
“Snow Ball Dance” – Texarkana College (Texarkana, TX) – Class of 1970
1969 – “Catching the mood set by the band, these K Sigs and their dates follow their own personal modes of expression in an evening of dancing and drinking.
Texas A & M University – Class of 1969
Military Ball – Texas Tech University – (Lubbock, TX) – Class of 1970
Texas Wesleyan University – (Fort Worth, TX) – Class of 1970
University of California Santa Barbara – 1968
University of California Santa Barbara 1968 Winter Formal
University of Houston – Class of 1969
University of San Francisco 1972
Victoria College, TX – Class of 1969