Everything You Need to Know About Dances at WHS
2017-2018 DancesHomecoming Semi-Formal Dance: Saturday, September 23, 2017.8:00-11:00 p.m. in WHS Culinary. $10/pre-sale, $15 at the door. We ask students to pre-purchase their tickets.Tickets will be available on Epay through September 22 or students may purchase with cash in B207 or during lunch the week of September 18.Heart Week Winter Semi-Formal Dance/Casino Night: Saturday, February 10, 20188:00-11:00 p.m. in WHS Culinary $10/pre-sale, $15 at the door. We ask students to pre-purchase their tickets.One ticket gets students into both the dance and Casino Night.Tickets will be available on Epay from mid-January through February 9. Students may also purchase with cash during school hours in B207.Junior Senior Prom: Saturday, May 19, 20188:00 p.m. to midnight at International Market Square. $45/ticket. Pre-sale only.Tickets sales will begin in early April and close on Friday, May 11, on Epay. Tickets will also be sold during school in B207 from May 7 through May 11, for those wishing to pay by cash or check.If the dance is held off-site (prom), the tickets are all pre-sold and not available at the door. Ticket sales usually end one week prior to the date of the dance. This is necessary because the facilities that can accommodate our size needs require us to spend a certain amount on food. Numbers must be in the week before so that the facility can place orders.If the dance is held on-site (Homecoming/Heart Week), we do pre-sell tickets for a reduced rate, but we can also sell them at the door. We strongly encourage students to pre-buy their tickets using the online E-Pay system or during their lunch period the week of the dance.Ticket Sale Dates for 2017-2018Homecoming: Epay will be open through September 22Winter Semi-Formal/Casino Night: Epay will be open through February 9Prom: Epay will be open through May 11.Bringing a guest from another schoolWe will allow WHS students to bring non-WHS students as guests to all dances. A completed Guest Registration Form must be on file by Friday prior to the dance. Please read the guest form carefully as there are age restrictions for guests. We must have emergency contact information for all guests at our dances.Off-Site DancesThere is more expense involved in an off-site dance due to requirements of the individual facility we are renting. There is typically a required amount which must be spent on food depending on the number of student that attend.The price of the ticket for Prom includes a hors d'oeuvres buffet with items such as chicken wings, mini pizzas, meatballs, vegetable trays, cheese trays, fruit platters/dip, chips and salsa, etc. At 10:00 p.m., there is a full dessert buffet with assorted cheesecakes, tartlets, a chocolate fountain with items to dip in the chocolate, cookies, bars and a coffee bar with fixings.Ticket pricingWe do not give a break for tickets bought for a "couple" because it is not the expectation that a student have to have a date in order to attend a dance. There are many students that do buy tickets for themselves and a date, but it is not necessarily the majority. Many students come in groups and just have fun spending an evening together. We typically have over 1,000 students attend our dances.Who can attend prom?The prom is for the junior and senior students. A 10th grade student may attend if asked as the date of a junior or senior. Prom is a formal affair.Arriving at a danceAs students arrive at a dance, they must present their student ID Each student ID has a unique barcode which is scanned when students purchase their dance ticket. As they arrive at the dance, the ID is scanned and if the student has indeed pre-purchased a ticket, they will be allowed to enter the dance. For those students arriving at an on-site dance and purchasing a ticket at the door, the ID still must be presented for scanning.Pre-buy tickets to avoid long lines at the door! With over 1,000 students attending most of our dances there may be long lines upon entering the dance, especially for those students who buy their ticket at the door. If you wait to buy your ticket at the door, expect to stand in line!Random BreathalyzersThe chemical health coordinator and/or our administrators will give random breathalyzers at every WHS dance.Definition of "Semi-Formal"We label a dance as being semi-formal so that students do not make it another prom. At the same time, it is not a place to show up in ripped jeans and a t-shirt. Boys should not feel required to wear a suit or shirt/tie. Girls do not have to have formal or floor length dresses.Other dress requirements – no more shoe check!On-site dances will now be held in Culinary. Students will leave shoes on during the dance. We are not responsible for purses/cameras/keys/cell phones, etc. When you are at a wedding reception or a club, there is not a service that watches your personal items while you dance/mingle. We operate the same way. Students are responsible for keeping track of their personal items.