VMI cadets have a number of opportunities throughout the year to attend dances on post, whether with their fellow cadets or with dates and special guests.
Harvest Hop is the dance held on Friday night during VMI's homecoming weekend. Themes vary from year to year, such as Summer in the City, Hoe Down, and 70s Disco. Cadets and their guests can be found dancing the night away in a relaxed atmosphere under the lights in Cocke Hall with live music.
- Cadets - Class dyke, no cover; Short White Skirt with Class dyke Shirt is authorized
- Guests - Men: Business Attire w/ Tie; Ladies: Cocktail Dress
This dance is held over two evenings, typically taking place in February. 1st and 2nd Class cadets enjoy the festivities one evening, and 3rd and 4th Class cadets attend the following evening. The last formal dance for cadets graduating in May, the Midwinter Formal offers a night of dance, music, food, and friendship.
The theme of the 2023 Midwinter Formal is 007, a James Bond-inspired night.
Date: Feb. 17th [1st & 2nd Class cadets] & Feb. 18 [3rd and 4th Class cadets]
Time: 1930-2230 (7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.)
- Cadets - Coatee w/Ducks or long skirt
- Guests - Formal attire [tuxedo for men, long dresses for women]
Ring Figure Ball
The grandest of the dances at VMI, the Ring Figure Ball is part of the larger Ring Figure celebration as 2nd Class cadets receive their official VMI rings and celebrate one of the last major milestones of their cadetship before their 1st Class year. This event is typically held in November.