Creative planning helps to make school dances a huge success. When school dances become routine, they become boring and attendance drops off. Successful school dance programs connect with students in new and fun ways. Slidell High School in suburban New Orleans decided to theme their first dance for back to school. High school reporter Avery Dill reports:
“Pastels, flannel and denim were all you could see in the Slidell High cafeteria on Aug. 14. Teenagers were having a night out with just their friends to kick off the school year at the 90’s themed Back to School Dance.
Grooving along to 90’s artists such as TLC, Nirvana and the Foo Fighters, students showed their Tiger pride at the first mark event (Slidell High’s tradition of class competitions) of the year hosted by the PTSA. The organization decided to grant several students’ requests for a throwback theme.”
While the results were close for first through third place, the seniors won with 70 percent class participation. Trailing right behind were the juniors with 64 percent, the sophomores with 63 percent and the freshmen with 13 percent.
Throughout the night, PTSA president Jenny Johnson, hooked up a video camera to a projector to broadcast the dance for all to see. As a special treat, students viewed their own images upon the wall while line-dancing to everything from “Cupid Shuffle,” to “Footloose,” from the iconic film.