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Preparing for a school dance
by Rob August 4th 2012, 05:03 PM

Preparing for a school dance
By Lyndsee (Heartlines.)

School dances are a huge part of high school. They're a fun, safe way to hang out with friends and enjoy yourself. However, dances can be really hard to prepare for, harder than one may think! Many people tend to scramble at the last minute to find the perfect outfit, a great date, and make plans. Throughout this article, you'll learn tips and tricks that will aid in preparing for the perfect school dance.

Many people think that it's only acceptable to go to dances with a date, but it's perfectly acceptable to go with a group of friends instead! Choosing who you go with to a dance can be difficult, especially when single. Try to choose someone who youíre going to have the most fun with, someone who makes you laugh, who you can be yourself around and is going to help ensure you have a blast. It can be nerve-wracking asking somebody to a dance. But remember, most people are flattered when theyíre asked to a dance. The question is: How do you ask them? First thing, be yourself. If youíre a funny person with a good sense of humor, ask them in a funny but sincere way. If youíre more the romantic type, ask them to the dance with flowers and chocolate. Secondly, put effort into asking them. People enjoy feeling special, so treat them as such. When asking them, donít simply yell across the room ďYo, bro! Want to go to that dance with me?Ē Put a little thought into it. Should you decide not to go with a date, you can always go with a good group of friends! Dances aren't always about going with a romantic date; it can also be about having fun with a group of your friends.

Now that you've chosen a date, what should you wear? For formal dresses, first decide on the color and the length of the dress. Do you want a short dress, or would you rather have it be floor length? After deciding the color and length, youíre ready to go shopping! Try to choose a dress thatís form flattering. If your body is more pear-shaped, go for fitted tops and full or a-line skirts. If you have a more slender build, you can achieve curves by drawing attention to your bust line, or choosing a dress that bells out. Also, you might try dresses that draw attention to your waist, such as a wrap dress or one with a belt. If you donít fit into one of the body shapes listed above, do some Internet research and talk to the sales person at the store. They can help you to find a dress that looks perfect for your body. A really fun thing to do is to coordinate with your date. Ask them what colors theyíre planning to wear.

If you are looking to wear a suit, try to find a nice tuxedo. Keep in mind: guys aren't the only ones who can wear suits! Suits can be just as fun to wear as dresses. Good places to go for these kinds of outfits would be wedding stores. A lot of wedding stores sell formal wear for dances as well.

When choosing the perfect outfit for the dance, check if there is a theme. Sometimes, dances have themes such as Hawaiian, formal, sportswear, masquerade, and many more. It can be a lot of fun to shop if you're following a theme as well, so try to follow the theme the best you can! There are many places you can go for attire to fit the theme of the dance. You can try costume stores, the mall or bridal stores. If you're short on money, secondhand stores are definitely a good place to go! Another thing you can do is borrow your friends' clothes, make your own, and look for discounts online.

Activities before AND after the dance can be fun to plan, but also stressful. If dinner isnít provided, choose a place to take your date to eat. Try to choose a place thatís nice, but not OVERLY nice. You donít want the most romantic and/or fun part of your night to be dinner! If you choose to go with a group, coordinate with them. Agree on one place for dinner. Are you going to meet at the restaurant, or someoneís house? How is everyone getting there? These are all things you need to plan in advance.

Often times, there are after parties following dances. If you decide to party, make sure youíre safe. Plan for your ride home. Know whoís going to be at the party and what the party will entail. Some parties might have alcohol, which can seem appealing in the beginning, but remember that drinking can be unsafe, and illegal for those under age. A party with alcohol can turn bad very quickly. Instead, plan a movie night with friends, or maybe a small party with people youíre close to.

Finally, itís the night of the dance! Now that you have everything planned, all you need to do is attend. When you first get to the dance, it can be a little awkward. Start by talking to people you know. Introduce your date to people, and show off your outfit. If you paid for, or planned to get pictures, get in line. Waiting in line for pictures can take a while, so itís best to do it at the beginning instead of interrupting your night to take pictures. Getting friends together and taking some silly pictures can be fun as well. Another alternative to getting pictures is bringing your own camera. Not only will this help you save money, you also get the benefit of not having to wait in a lengthy line.

After pictures, itís time to dance! If you donít like the music being played, suggest some songs you enjoy. Remember, this is your night too, therefore you should be able to groove to music you like too! Dancing with your date or friends can be fun to any type of song, even if you arenít much into dancing. You donít even have to dance, you can jump around, act silly and enjoy being around good company. Enjoy the music being played, and the people youíre around.

In conclusion, if you plan ahead for a dance, it's not all that difficult. You've chosen a date, an outfit, and you've made plans for before and after the dance. When it comes to the night of the dance, you'll be more than ready. All you need to do is attend and have the most fun you can! While planning for a dance, things may tend to go a bit wrong, such as: you're missing a part to your outfit, your ride never shows up or your date gets sick. It's important to have a plan B. Through all this, make the most of the dance, as it should be a night to remember!
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