When is Prom for High School?
Prom is typically held towards the end of the school year in mid to late May.
Prom is typically held towards the end of the school year in mid to late May.
Homecoming is right around the corner! No dance is complete without a fun and engaging theme for dance goers. Here are some Homecoming dance theme ideas that will inspire your dance planning team and students alike.
It’s the 20s! Throw a Gatsby-style jazz age party for your Homecoming. This theme is characterized by the stylish Art Deco designs and a gold-based color scheme. Celebrate the new decade with an over-the-top century throwback.
Explore the stars at your Homecoming! The world is looking to the stars again. Be relevant with a Homecoming dance with balloon planets, cardboard spacecrafts, and other worldly light displays.
Neon lights, cool sunglasses, and technology. The future is here! Inspire your students with a theme that can influence students to embrace the idea with futuristic outfits and accessories. Make it a night to remember with a unique futuristic Homecoming theme!
Leather jackets, milkshakes, and hot rods. Make your Homecoming a throwback with a vintage rock and roll style. Make sure to sprinkle in some retro sock hop hits in the playlist to complete the theme.
Funky music and disco balls will surely get people out on the dance floor this Homecoming. This theme is characterized by the gold and purple color schemes and the retro fonts.
Go out to the ranch with a western theme for your Homecoming. Decorate the venue with barns, cacti, hay, and other western décor. This theme is fun for all – coast to coast!
A natural looking, rustic theme is one of the more fancy ones on this list. Contrasting from the western theme, the rustic theme focuses on candles, wood patterns, and stylish furniture. A rustic theme is sure to make your Homecoming a fancier and sophisticated event.
Bring the big city to your small town at Homecoming. Make your venue feel like a night downtown with skyscraper decorations, street food, and high energy music.
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Now that you know the benefits of having a virtual dance for your school, where do you even start? As I mentioned in my last post, it is so important that your virtual dance be extremely engaging and fun for the students. They have an endless number of things to do on their phones, so you need to really work to keep them engaged.
I said it before, and I will say it here, a virtual dance will never replace an in-person dance, but at least it’s something. It’s unclear when school events will happen again, so providing students with some way to engage with classmates for a carefree night keeps them out of trouble, reduces boredom, and shows that you care about their wellbeing. If you have any questions or would like us to help you plan your first virtual homecoming, virtual prom, or virtual dance, please reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you missed the first blog post in this two-part series, you can check it out here: Planning Your Virtual School Dance
We are all affected by the closures and regulations in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Canceled vacations, postponed weddings, and abrupt school closures are just a few of the ways our lives have been impacted. For high school students, social distancing means no school events – including prom. My School Dance has teamed up with Virtual Prom Live and No Kid Hungry to bring the party to your living room while raising money for a great cause.
My two high school daughters have been struggling with the fact they may not see their friends again for weeks, perhaps even months. My high school senior had already picked out a prom dress and was eagerly awaiting the big event. Then her school closed.
I was trying to come up with a way she could still have some kind of “prom” event with her friends online, but organizing something like this was all new to me. That’s why I was so excited to learn that people far wiser than I had already planned just such an event.
Every Saturday night from April 18 – May 9, students can participate in a virtual prom experience along with 1,000’s of students across the country. A live DJ will play music, sponsors will provide contests and prizes, and kids can dance in their living room while interacting with friends digitally.
In addition to free registration, an online clothing boutique is also lending party attire to young ladies who may not have lined up their dress for the evening yet. Dresses are limited, and more information can be found by contacting email@example.com.
Although the virtual prom events are completely free, it’s a great opportunity to give to a good cause. Donations to an organization called No Kid Hungry are being raised to help feed people who are having difficulty during this challenging time. What a great way to give back. I was going to suggest to my daughter that she donate some of the money she would have spent on hair, makeup and a prom ticket to No Kid Hungry. Thinking of the needs of others is always a great lesson for my kiddos!
Getting signed up is easy – all you need to do is visit Virtual Prom Live and choose a date that you would like to attend. Regional events are planned each Saturday evening from April 18 – May 9. Students can sign up for any date and time, no matter where they live.
Each virtual prom event will feature a different DJ and start time. For example, the virtual prom on April 18 is scheduled to begin at 7:00 pm Mountain Time. DJ Joune, the official DJ of the Utah Jazz will be spinning tunes throughout the evening! No matter which night your student “attends,” it is designed to be entertaining, interactive and memorable.
Kids can share the link and encourage their friends to register as well. They can then interact online during the event, making it even more unforgettable. What a great way to have fun and make a difference for others, while celebrating prom in a unique way. It is sure to be a story our kids tell for years to come!
Written by: Angela O’Brien
March 9, 2020
Thinking about how to bring St. Patrick’s Day into the classroom for your high schoolers this year? There are a variety of ways to use this holiday as a teaching opportunity, while also enjoying the whimsy and charm of rainbows and leprechauns.
St. Patrick’s Day is a special day for me – as my name suggests, I come from Irish stock and have the freckles to prove it. My three children are now in high school, but they still enjoy decorating the house with lots of gold, green and shamrocks.
Something our high schoolers may not realize is that St. Patrick’s Day is more than four-leaf clovers and rivers dyed green (shout-out to Chicago where My School Dance is based!) Our students can definitely benefit from learning more about the holiday and how it is celebrated – on both sides of the pond.
St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated as Ireland’s National Holiday, and banks, schools and some businesses close for the day. There are parades throughout the country, and some people observe the day by going to church or spending the day with family.
Here are some lessons and information you can share with your students about this day:
Debunk the myths about St. Patrick’s day by exploring some sites that delve into the facts and fiction about the holiday. Did you know, for example, that the original color of St. Patrick’s Day was blue? Ask your students to research this, and other interesting tidbits and in teams and report back. Incorporating technology by sharing what they have learned via Google Slides or other digital platforms can be an added bonus.
St. Patrick’s Day is a great reason to explore Irish literature and folktales with your students. Of course, English teachers likely have more than a few of these authors in their repertoire. Just in case, here are some lists and free links to Irish literature that may help round out your St. Patrick’s Day instruction:
Now for the rainbows, leprechauns, and pots of gold I promised. St. Patrick’s Day is a self-designated spirit day, as students are most likely going to wear green anyways to avoid the dreaded St. Patrick’s Day pinch. As the saying goes, if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.
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Written by: Angela O’Brien
March 2, 2020
The first Prom Committee meeting is underway and you’re looking for the best prom ideas- epic prom ideas. The year is 2020 and someone suggests, The Roaring 20s! I mean it’s perfect, right? Now what? Where do you go from here? Take one this suggestion one step further with the ideal theme. There are some great iconic 1920s songs, phrases, and cultural images that come to mind that would make the perfect prom theme. This was the age of Jazz, the Charleston dance craze, the Great Gatsby, Swing music and dancing, New York jazz clubs, Chicago gangsters, flappers, and speakeasies.
Our top ten roaring 20s theme suggestions: All That Jazz – The Great Gatsby – Dixieland Ballroom – Swing City Blues – Rhapsody in Blue – Puttin’ on the Ritz – The Cotton Club – Ragtime Ball – Southside Swing – Windy City Speakeasy or Chicago Speakeasy or even better look up some of the names of your hometown historic speakeasies!
You’ve picked your theme now choose the colors you’re going to use for everything from the invitations to the decorations. The classic style for the 1920s era was Art Deco and a great color scheme for any of these prom themes is black, gold, and white. If you choose Swing City Blues, replace the black with blue. If you use Rhapsody in Blue, try using blue, black and white/gold.
Depending on your chosen theme, add to your list of decorations jazz musician silhouettes, a Rolls Royce cut out, art deco columns, or a backroom speakeasy backdrop. Table decorations of white plumed feathers or an art deco style light with each table named for a 20s dance, slang phrase, or person: The Bees Knees, The Cat’s Pajamas, The Lindy Hop, Bugsy’s, or Capone’s. Placemats made to look like newspaper headlines captured from the 1920s would make a great keepsake to use for scrapbooks with pictures.
Get a photo frame or photo album keepsake engraved with the prom theme name and your class year using an art deco font. Each printing service offers its own selection of fonts and most likely will have an “art deco” font. Some other common fonts would be: Bernhard Fashion, Blakely, Broadway, Metropolis, Mona Lisa Recut, Mostra, and one of our favorites, Silvermoon. Be sure to pick up props with headbands, gangster fedoras, beads, feathers, and lace fans for great keepsake photos. Check out our favorite decor and favor retailer Anderson’s!
Now, to make prom not just a dance, but an EPIC experience. What’s great about having a theme based around the Roaring 20s are not just the amazing decoration ideas, but activities you can have leading up to prom to get your classmates excited and involved in prom.
Here are just a few ideas to get everyone ramped up for the big day. Host a silent movie night in the school auditorium, you could even talk to the band director and get the school orchestra to play music for the films! Contact the local historical society and host a 1920s fashion show to get your classmates in the mood for dressing the part. Announce that there will be ribbons or prizes to the best-dressed couple, the best ‘Zoot Suit’, and the best ‘Flapper’. Have Roaring 20s trivia during lunch periods at school during prom week and have Charleston and Swing Dance lessons during the week.
When prom night arrives, have the DJ or band play the top songs of the era and stage great photo opps as they enter with the jazz musicians, Rolls Royce, and art deco columns. Get one of the teachers (even better the principal and vice-principal!) to dress as maître ds to escort couples to their tables. At various locations, have the prop tables set up for additional pictures throughout the night to make for some great memories. Since you’ve had the Charleston and Swing Dance lessons that week, hold a dance contest!
No matter what theme you choose, get ready to have a Roaring Good Time! Sell your tickets online for free with My School Dance! Half off processing fees for prom!
Written by Midge Brody