What are Lowell Dances? Well I would hope you'd know what a dance is first off. A dance is a social gathering where fantastic people (like you!) get their groove on and boogie all night. A Lowell dance, however, is not only a huge social event, but a party for your legs. You will be sore from jumping and dancing you probably won't be able to get out of bed the next morning... which is why you cannot pass up the opportunity when one comes around!
Where can I buy tickets?
Ask anybody where to buy a dance ticket and they will direct you to the "SAO". The SAO stands for the Student Activities Office, which is located on the far left of the arcade adjacent to the courtyard. It is to the immediate right of the beanery outside. During specified mods, student government or committee members will be selling tickets there! Bring your Student ID, an SAC if you have one, and your cash or check!
How Much Do Tickets Cost?
Depending on the dance, the price can range from the low $5 to the rare case of $100. Simple courtyard dances are cheaper because they are located at school. However, more up-scale and fancy dances such as prom or boat require much more planning and off campus locations. These off campus locations can get extremely expensive, which is why ticket prices will be more pricey. Each grade has a committee to throw the big dances (prom/escape), so the more money these class boards and committees can raise (with your help of course), the better off ticket prices can be. If you are looking for a discount for tickets, then you MUST MUST MUST buy a SAC and Spirit card in the beginning of the year!!
What In The World Is An SAC?
A SAC card gives you the advantage of saving a couple dollars at courtyard dances to saving several for prom. There are always two prices for dance tickets, NO SAC, and WITH SAC. If you buy an SAC, you can save money! Buy one SAC each year at Lowell, and by your Senior year, you will be rewarded with the GOLDEN SAC. Not only is it GOLDEN, but it saves EVEN MORE than a regular SAC. LSA members from each grade will go to assigned regs and sell SACs. If you miss them, or if they miss you, you can always drop on by room 80A to purchase one. Now onto spirit cards: If you buy a spirit card, every time you go to a school event/buy a dance ticket/merchandise, you will receive a stamp. When you fill up your spirit card stamps, you will be rewarded with a SPECIAL PRIZE and a hug if you'd like one, because who doesn't enjoy some friendly interaction once in a while?
Welcome Back Dance
The Welcome Back dance is coordinated by the Senior Class Board. This dance's purpose... is well... self-explanatory! It is the very first dance of the year, meant to "welcome back" the students for the beginning of another school year. All grades are welcome and highly encouraged to attend. Outside guests may not attend.
Ahhh, Homecoming. One of the biggest dances hosted at Lowell High School. You see it in every cliché high school movie: who gets to win Homecoming Queen and King? Unlike many other high schools, Lowell's Homecoming dance leans towards a more casual theme rather than a semi-formal/formal theme. The Homecoming dance always follows the Fall Spirit Week. Its main purpose is actually to welcome alumni back to Lowell... hence the “Homecoming.”
Homecoming is open to all grades, and run by SBC. The Dance Coordinator goes to every registry to distribute ballots to nominate people for Homecoming court. The nominees will be announced during the Spirit Rally, and the winners revealed at the dance.
The name of the dance tells all, SENIOR BOAT! One of the biggest dances held for the senior class, not to mention one of the most expensive. Open only to seniors, exceptions made for underclassmen if they are sponsored by a senior. The Senior Class Board raises money for this very reason: to be able to throw Senior Boat. To rent a boat for a night takes a lot of ca-ching-ca-ching-bling-bling-bling. Depending on how great a deal you can get, the boat rental price can range from $15,000-$25,000 (or more!). Tickets are pricey, but if your class board ends up raising a lot of money before this dance, your wallet will not hurt quite as bad. But let me assure you, the price is worth it because it will be one of your most memorable nights of high school.
Senior Boat is traditionally a costume dance party. An outrageous theme is presented, and everyone dresses to impress. You spend the night on a gorgeous boat, sailing around the city under the stars (or blinking airplane lights) and bridges, dancing the night away. Romantic, classy, and fun... all at the same time. Seniors, YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS THIS!
'Tis the season to be jolly? A semi-formal dance called Winterball is held each year before Winterbreak. After those hard core finals and hectic end of the semester borderline grades, it's time to finally let go and enjoy. Winterball is also a dance run by SBC and open to all grades. This dance is big for most underclassmen since prom doesn't come around until Junior and Senior year. This dance is hosted off campus. Since it is not as costly as prom, tickets range from the $20-$40. To go with the winter theme, ice cream is usually served for free. Class of 2011 got creative and imported real snow for the dance! Don't be pressured to go with a date, groups of friends are equally if not more fun!
Escape to another world, another time, another universe! What better way to kick off the new year than to go to this poppin' dance, planned by the Escape Committee? Why is this dance so special? Well, we'll tell you! Unlike other off campus dances, this one is held at a night club. So instead of waiting until you're 21 to get your boogie on at a club, buy a one way ticket in as a freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior! (YES THIS IS OPEN TO ALL GRADES!) Escape always has a fun theme, and in a way it's Senior Boat for those who missed out! This being off campus will be more expensive than courtyard dances, but on the same level as Winterball. Tickets usually range from $15-$25.
Junior year is probably the most difficult year for a high school student. Grades are heavily counted during this year, SATs and ACTs, loading up on extracurriculars, stacking yourself with AP's... and to add to the stress: Junior Prom. Junior Prom is the biggest dance for the Junior class. Why the pressure? Most of it comes from the pressure to find a date, which I ensure you is not necessary at all. Going stag or with your girl/guy/non-binary friends make for a much more memorable night!
It is planned by the Junior Prom Committee, and open to Juniors only (unless of course they are sponsored by an underclassmen). Since this is a formal and expensive dance held off campus, tickets will be on the pricier side as well. Depending on how great of a deal the committee can get on the venue (which can range from $5,000-$15,000), tickets will go up or stay at a pretty reasonable price. There are usually mini desserts and refreshments offered at Junior Prom (pastries, ice cream, hors d'oeuvres, drinks, and more!).
How many movies were made about this night? I'm sure it covers all the genres: horror, romance, comedy, drama, action. Lucky for the senior class, the only thing this night should be categorized under is legendary. That's right — Senior Prom is a night to remember. A step up from the already very extravagant Junior Prom, Senior Prom takes it to a whole new level. As the year winds down to the end, the Senior Prom Committee and Senior Class Board is ready to splurge and make this dance too legit... too legit to quit.
Let's just put it simply by saying that Senior Prom is a fairy tale come true. Yes, the tickets will be expensive (not to mention shopping expenses, dinner, and corsages...) but the memories created this night is priceless. Chocolate fountains everywhere, delicious desserts (because if you're not dancing you better be stuffing your face with free food!), and amazing people — if this does not sound like the perfect night then I don't know what is! Pricing can range from $50 (that means your committee did a fantastic job) to $100 (or maybe even more... if it is this expensive, then expect to be fed grapes off a solid gold plate). Seniors only, unless underclassmen are sponsored by a senior.
And as the year comes to a close, you have the very Last Dance. Think of this as a celebration. If you are an underclassmen, congratulations! You have survived another year at Lowell High School. Let go of your worries — who cares if you didn't ace your finals? Or YAY you aced your finals! Either way, this is probably the biggest courtyard dance LSA has to offer, and let us assure you, we go out with a bang.
SBC runs this dance, along with help from other LSA members. We rent a photo booth, (and if you're lucky), a jumpy house, cotton candy machine, and more! Tickets range from $1-$10, and everyone is welcome with the exception of outside guests. This dance is crazy, incredibly fun, and never fails to disappoint.