Semi-Formal Come Back: Just Dance!


On Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, the DMAE Winter Semi-Formal took place in the DMAE North Cafeteria from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. It was the first time in many years of not having an annual school dance that the Student Council obtained approval from administration and promoted the dance effectively to make the event a reality. Ultimately, the event was hosted by a determined  Student Council with the help of their determined advisor, Danielle Mauro.

“Everyone in the Student Council was freaking out the week before, trying to bring everything together and have everything ready. In the end, everything turned out great and fell into its place,” said sophomore Christopher Gliwa, a member of the Student Council.

The dance consisted mostly of sophomores and juniors who danced and snacked with friends.

“The Semi-Formal was really fun. It was a great time and I got to enjoy it with a lot of my friends,” sophomore Samantha Rodriguez said. “I hope they keep doing it. The DJ wouldn’t take all of our song requests though,” she added.

Ms. Mauro explained that as advisor she had to be persistent in order for this dance to even happen. The process involved submitting varied district forms to administration for approval to hold the dance in the North Cafeteria.

“The only issue with getting the dance approved was the date since at first they thought it would be a ‘dance overkill’ since the homecoming dance was just about six weeks prior,” Ms. Mauro said.

Once approval was received, the Council got straight to work. Two committees were formed, the Dance Committee and the Fundraising Committee. The Dance Committee planned everything for the actual dance: getting a professional DJ, making the tickets, buying snack, and decorating the cafeteria with tablecloths and centerpieces for the event. The Fundraising Committee was in charge of coming up with creative fundraisers to raise the money to pay for the expenses. They made a profit from cookie, hot chocolate and pie sales.

“I am really pleased with the dedication of the student council members and the support by my fellow colleagues,” Ms. Mauro said. “My hopes are for this dance and other events to become annual occurrences here at DMAE again,” she said.

The goal of the Council was to let people know that they are an active group on campus. By holding this dance, they hoped to bring back tradition and spread the word that the Student Council was out to serve them.

“I was pleasantly surprised with the turnout. The student council did a great job,” junior Dylan Majsiak said.