Steps to a Memorable Spring Formal

1. Get dressed. Boys, wear a tie to enable sexy tie dances (involving grabbing and twirling). Button ups and slacks are preferable; if you think you can pull off “formal jeans,” go for the statement. Girls, pull out your old high school homecoming dress or your latest cheap and chic item from H&M. Wear heels if you love being in pain (and hey—there could be something hot about that). Otherwise, pair your fancy dress with Vans or Converse. We won’t judge.

2. Go to dinner. Bates is hosting a formal dinner! Bring your ID—they’re requiring meal swipes, instantly degrading the “glam” nature of the event. But if they’re serving poached quail and lobster bisque, those 11 dollars will be well worth it. Dinner goes from 6 to 9 pm. It promises to be an occasion to see and be seen.

3. Migrate to the tent. Tent flaps open at 9 pm, and Groove Boston will be bumping hits like Katy Perry’s “Part of Me” and, inevitably, “Call Me Maybe.” Cannot wait for those soaring violins. Again, bring your ID. They usually have a menacing person watching out for trespassers. If Groove Boston executes their usual routine, they’ll also provide a red carpet and photography. Don’t get so sloshed that you fall over when trying to pose, please. If you “like” Groove Boston on FB the next day, you get access to the resulting photos. Tag away!

4. DAAAAANCE! Mouth the words, put your hands in the sky when the DJ demands, and take the opportunity to approach your latest crush. If they’re a senior, you may never see them again. As Selena Gomez says, “Hit the lights, let the music move you, lose yourself tonight.”

5. Dance more. SLAC Dance Parties presents the usual Spring Formal after party from 12 to 2. DJ Mark (he sounds so normal!) will be laying down the tracks. Get ready to get even more sweaty.

Ella Riley-Adams (Founder, Editor-in-chief) comes from a small town in Southern Oregon. She enjoys champagne, soccer and swimming in ponds. When not immersed in Sarah Lawrence affairs, Ella works for NYC marketing and tech blog The New York Egotist and The Faster Times. Follow her on twitter @ellarileyadams.

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