Students participate in silent disco


Photo courtesy of Gracyn Kafana.

Unlike a “regular” school dance, a silent disco allows participants to tailor their song choices to their preferences. This can be an easier setup than the traditional setting for individuals with sensory difficulties as it creates a fun and customized experience for each participant.

Trinity High School recently held a silent disco on Friday, February 17, 2023. A silent disco gives students an opportunity to participate in a school dance using wireless headphones, which allow students with sensory issues to control the volume level and genre of music listened to. A silent disco can also limit the amount of people dancing on the floor at one time.  The purpose of the silent disco is for students in the Autistic Support and Life Skills classes to be able to focus on the experience instead of the overwhelming atmosphere around them. 

This year, the Trinity Leadership Committee (TLC) held a silent disco with transmitters and headphones that were purchased through grant money and fundraisers. TLC members hope that this will now be an annual event where other schools will be invited. 

Senior Emily Wickham has been a part of the TLC since her freshman year, when the last silent disco took place. 

Wickham said, “At the last silent disco during freshman year, the headphones were rented from another company.”

For this year’s silent disco, the Trinity Leadership Committee purchased their own sets of headphones.

“I think this will help the silent disco be more accessible, and it will be easier to hold more than one dance without relying on a separate company,” said Wickham.

A total of 23 students from the Autistic Support and Life Skills classes, from both the high school and middle school, attended the dance along with members of TLC. At this time, Trinity has 18 headsets for student use, so TLC set up three stations for the students to participate in: snacks, crafts and the disco. 

At the snack station, students were able to enjoy Doritos, popcorn, cookies, cupcakes and water. The next station was where the students could make foam crafts: a snail, an airplane, a reindeer or a penguin. Card games like Uno, Old Maid and Go Fish were also available. Finally, the last station was the dancing station. Each student was given a set of headphones that played country and pop songs such as “Shut Up and Dance,” “The Electric Slide,” “Fancy Like” and “Dynamite.” 

TLC advisor Mrs. Giorgi hopes to get more Trinity students involved with the silent disco in the future. 

“I would like to expand the silent disco into an event that includes many student organizations. Maybe the CFA Academy could volunteer and provide a snack or the culinary classes could bake cookies.” 

The silent disco is a great opportunity for students to gain volunteer and social experience and make lasting memories. Anyone interested in getting involved with the silent disco can contact the advisors of the TLC, either Mrs. Giorgi, at, or Mrs. Berty at