Junior Prom was a couple of weeks ago. (I can’t believe my daughter is a junior!)

Junior Prom is a pretty big deal in our little town. All sorts of traditions make it special for each student who wants to be involved. There is a promenade for each night of the prom (boy’s choice and girl’s choice). Every student who wants to participate (my daughter didn’t want to) is announced as _________ the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Whatever escorted by __________ the son of Mr. and Mrs. Whatever. The couple walks across the gym and takes their designated seats. When everyone has been announced, the students do a choreographed dance for the audience.



After that, the first dance of the night is reserved for a father/daughter and mother/son dance.

I love the tradition of starting the date with a dance with your parent. Practically the whole town turns out and it’s one of those special traditions/rites of passage. Even though my daughter refused opted out of the promenade, she still began the evening dancing with her dad.


Her aunts were there to support her. My little niece was fascinated by the all the princes, and princesses. The crowning of the king and queen was the highlight of the evening for her. So cute.


My two girls.

IMG_0065_2Her date found her shortly after the dance with her dad, and they agreed to let me snap a picture. I made sure to get a picture of the Eiffel tower in the background that my daughter spent all week stringing and restringing with lights! I know it’s a lot of work, but Junior Prom here is a great tradition that I hope endures forever.




5 Response Comments

  • Charlynn  March 11, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    Whenever I marvel at small-town proms, Kim misinterprets it as mocking. I really don’t mean to mock, I think it’s super cool. It’s just so very different from my prom, which was pretty lame in comparison. By the way, I love your site.

  • Kate  March 11, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    Charlynn, thanks for stopping by. I too love the tradition, but it’s nothing like where I grew up.

  • Jenni K. H.  March 12, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    That’s really neat to start the dancing with parents. Very classy. (Do kids say neat these days?)

    Tell your cowgirl I think she looks beautiful!

  • Lisle  March 14, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    Yay, it was so fun. I think it was more fun to go and watch as an adult then it was when I went my self to prom. So perhaps she will learn to appreciate it maybe 20 year down the road. I think she looked great and I am glad we got to go. You are right Andelyn loved it! Can’t wait to go next year.

  • Gayle  September 25, 2013 at 10:40 am

    I’m happy to know that NSHS still hangs on to the promenade, the choreographed dance & the dance with parents. I think that might have been one of the highlights of high school for me, though I agree with Lisle that its more fun to go to it as an adult. Your daughter looked beautiful.