October 26, 2018


Hello everyone! For those of you who don’t know me, I am Stephanie Hamilton and I am the Media & Marketing Specialist with My School Dance. Now that the weather is finally dropping and we’re starting to see the stores get ready for holiday mode, that means one thing. We’re getting close to Winter Formal season everyone!


Winter Formal is usually known as a formal dance for high school students held anytime within December-February. This dance is usually known as Turnabout, Winter Formal, or Sadie Hawkins. For many schools, the Winter Formal dance is the dance where the girls are supposed to ask the guys to be their date. When I was in high school, we had a Turnabout dance and I knew how hard it was to come up with a creative way to ask my date. At the time I worked at a pizza place, so I sent my boyfriend a pizza with “TB?” on it made out of pepperoni slices. This idea made sense with where I worked, but a lot of people struggle coming up with ideas so I wanted to provide a few of my favorite types of dance proposals:


  • The One with the Scavenger HuntThis is one of the best proposals because it hypes up the proposal by sending your potential date on a hunt to search for clues. You can work with your teachers and friends to help leave specific clues to give to your date. It’s always more fun when there is more people involved. This proposal may take more work and time, but in the end you’re more than likely to get a yes. 
  • The One with the FoodposalLet’s be serious, who doesn’t like getting free food? Think of your potential date’s favorite food/restaurant and come up with a creative slogan that incorporates it. Some of the common food choices that I’ve seen have been pizza, Chick-fil-A, ice cream, cookie cakes, McDonalds, and more. 
  • The One with the Post-ItsThis was the one dance proposal I always wished someone would have done for me. If you know the type of car your potential date drives, take a whole bunch of post-its and write “Formal, TB, Sadies?” on it. Then take all of those post-its and put it all over their car to the point where you can’t see any parts of the car. This may take some time and commitment, but it will be an awesome proposal. Then they’re forced to take each post-it off of their car and they can read the message you put. 
  • The One with the AudienceIf you don’t get easily embarrassed, ask your date to formal in front of everyone. This could be during your school’s basketball game where you have it on the scoreboard. It could be in class when it comes up on the powerpoint slide. It could even be in the auditorium during a school play’s intermission. Whichever way you choose to do it, it shows that you have confidence and aren’t afraid to have fun.


However you end up asking your potential date to your school’s Winter Formal dance, go big or go home. Personally, I feel like the dance proposals always set up the mood of how the dance is going to go. You might as well get creative and have fun doing some crazy proposal. For those of you who want more ideas check out My School Dance’s Pinterest Page. We have boards dedicated to strictly Winter Formal or Sadie Hawkins proposals. Also, if your school needs help planning and managing a big event like your formal dance, reach out to My School Dance. There’s no cost for schools to use My School Dance as their dance management platform! 


Start figuring out the type of formal proposal you want to do, and get moving now. It may seem early, but a good proposal can take a lot of time! 



Stephanie Hamilton