This year, Menlo will be hosting a Sadie Hawkin’s dance on Friday, March 21. A Sadie’s dance is when–traditionally, at least–the girl asks the boy to be her date. Students are encouraged to dress up with a group or with a friend in a costume of their choice. Ticket proceeds will be donated to KIVA, a nonprofit organization that allows individuals to lend money to those less fortunate.
There has been much deliberation on whether this year’s dance should be a Sadie’s dance or another Dance Marathon. Freshman class president Eliza Crowder explained that the Student Council chose the Sadie Hawkin’s dance “because the last time we had [a Sadie’s dance] was when the current seniors were freshmen,” Crowder said. Crowder added that they have “been getting many requests from people throughout the high school [to have a Sadie’s dance]…because Sadie’s is really unique.”
As the Sadie’s dance approaches, students are taking on mixed expectations. For some, this dance serves as an excellent opportunity to bond with friends. Freshman Bianca Lopez thinks that the most fun part of Sadie’s will be “dressing like a group.” Junior Caroline Sharpe agreed with Lopez. She added that the costumes “seem like so much fun.” Freshman Chandler Yu also looks forward to “having a good time and hanging out with friends.” The Sadie’s dance received more positive feedback because the dance brings people together. “The group theme idea because you don’t just have to ask your date, you can also come with your friends,” said Crowder.
There are others that have varied opinions of the Sadie’s dance. Sophomore Melissa Tran likes “the dance marathon more because there is not as much focus on whether someone has a date or not.” Senior Christina Schwab agreed, adding that she likes the “Dance Marathon because everyone feels like they can go, and there’s no pressure [to go as couples] at all.” Students are also concerned about the date of the dance, especially since “there are a lot of conflicts with Mock Trial and other Menlo related activities,” Schwab says, “A lot of seniors can’t actually go.”
Another aspect that has attracted a lot of controversy is having the girl ask the boy. Some believe that having the girls take the initiative is more complicated than it seems. “A lot of girls aren’t going to ask any guys…because they don’t think that the guys are going to go,” Schwab says. Sophomore Jocelyn Chan says that “instead of having a certain dance specified for girls asking guys, normal formals should be like that if a girl really wants to ask a guy.” Yu takes a different view. She said that the Sadie’s dance “empowers women” to break the traditional customs of American dances. Sharpe believes that “it will be nice for the girls to experience what the boys have to go through.” Although conflicts and uneasiness may dissuade some from attending, the Sadie Hawkin’s dance is a much anticipated event that will surely attract many eager party-goers.