Tradition of Prom

Prom is short for promenade, and the tradition of prom started off as a way to promote social etiquette and good manners in colleges and universities. What we know as prom really started to develop in America in the 1930s, and became even more extravagant (and sponsored by high schools) after World War II.  


Prom is one night a year, usually in April or May. Senior ladies go out and buy some of the most elegant and colorful dresses to wear and spend hours getting their hair and nails done. Senior boys buy or rent fancy tuxes. It is a dance held for the graduating seniors to celebrate. Schools sometimes allow juniors to attend,  or they have their own “junior” prom. For this night, students try to find dates or go in big groups of friends. The venue for prom usually depends on how much parent committees donate or how much student committees put together. In 1975, President Ford’s daughter held her senior prom in the White House. Usually the places prom is held aren’t as famous as the White House. This year, our prom is held at Folsom Field in Boulder, Colorado.


Some parents want to take pictures of their young teens in their gowns and tuxes and many people will hold photoshoots well before the dance itself actually begins. Most teens go out to dinner in groups or couples after they all gather to take pictures, often splurging on fancy restaurants such as the Cheesecake Factory or swanky steakhouses. After dinner, they usually head to the place where the dance is held and spend a good amount of time dancing the night away. After the dance, the school will sometimes hold an after prom, which is like a party. After prom has desserts or snacks for teens to refuel after so much dancing. Last year, at Skyline’s after prom, there were giant hamster balls that people could get in and race one another in.


Schools often hold after prom events so that kids are deterred from partaking in more dangerous or reckless after-prom activities. The rule for school after prom is that once you leave you can’t come back. After prom usually lasts for what’s left of the night after prom’s dance has ended, and even sometimes goes until the sun comes up.  Sun up or sundown, when after prom ends, attendees usually call it a night and go home to rest.


Prom is definitely worth the money and the time. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity.


Skyline 2017 Prom

@ Folsom field Boulder Colorado

April 29th at 7:00pm

  • Prom is 7:00pm-11:00
  • After prom is 11:30pm-3am

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