SHS to have Sadie Hawkins dance this February

As third quarter approaches, Springfield High School has a lot of excitement ahead. Winter break is right around the corner, as is City Tournament.

It seems, however, that there is another substantial school event in the works for early next year, and it is one that the school has never seen before, at least not in the past decade.

Springfield High, facilitated by the junior class and Student Council, is hosting a Sadie Hawkins Winter dance on Feb. 18, 2017.

There is still a great deal of planning ahead, but this addition will be a trial run to determine whether it will be held again next year. If the dance is a success, meaning many students attend, it will be a great fundraiser for the school and another fantastic opportunity for students to have fun during the school year.

Sadie Hawkins dances have been adopted by a multitude of other schools, who have all run them differently.

So, for students to begin preparing, they only need to know a few things.

The dance will be winter themed and much less formal than Homecoming or Prom. Students should wear apparel similar to that of a “Sweet 16” party.

For girls, a summer, or winter in this case, dress would be appropriate, and corsages are not typical. For guys, apparel should be similar to that of Homecoming but suit jackets and boutonnieres are not typical. The dance will be casually dressy.

Also, as the tradition of Sadie Hawkins dances, girls will be asking guys to the dance. So start coming up with some clever proposals, girls!

Singles and guest tickets will be available as well, with the same guest restrictions as Homecoming or Prom. As of now, ticket prices are undetermined, but it will most likely be the most affordable dance of the year overall.

Also called the Lady’s Choice Dance, the Turnabout, or the Sponge Dance in other areas of the United States, the Sadie Hawkins Dance is an event meant to empower women by giving them the choice in the proposal to their date.

This reversal of traditional roles originates from a comic strip written by Al Capp in the mid nineteen hundreds. In the comic, unmarried woman in the town were allowed to chase the bachelors of their choice on one day in November. If the men were caught, they would then marry their captors.

While this bizarre comic does not exactly paint women in a good light, the Sadie Hawkins dance has been adapted to empower women within high schools and colleges. Over 40,000 events have taken place since the first dance in 1938.

That being mentioned, the Springfield High School Sadie Hawkins dance will be a lighthearted, fun experience open to all classes. It is a highly anticipated event and students are greatly encouraged to go.


photo credit to X-Men Evolution Wiki – Wikia

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