a colleague was the first faculty member to cancel a dance half way through at
an HBCU because of the suggestive music and dancing. The students were up set
until the president of the college started receiving calls of support for the
action from parents and pastors who realized that at least there was one faculty
member willing to take the heat for upholding their standards.
We just had a spring formal aka "Mormon prom" here in Gilbert az last
weekend with more than 1300 kids in attendance. Huge amount of effort to set up
but a huge success. Next year our stake pres is going to invite the local high
school principals so they can see the difference and that there is a huge group
of kids wanting a dance with higher standards.
The kids I know that went had a wonderful time! A co worker had seen the
article in the NJ Star Ledger and brought up the topic at lunch. A good time was
had by all, and it has been talked about among their friends. It's nice to
see kids dressing modestly, not paying the ridiculous amount of money for fancy
dresses and limos, and still having a wonderful time.
First, the caption of the photograph is a little misleading. What the students
are doing is not the normal paired dancing, even at LDS dances. It is one of
several line dances, like the Electric Slide or the Chicken Dance.Mormon Prom isn't limited to New Jersey. We've been doing the same
thing, for the same reasons, here in Maryland for quite some time. Modest girls
drive themselves crazy trying to find a dress for prom because modest dresses
aren't sold in most stores here. They order them, make their own, buy
immodest dresses and have them altered, anything to find a nice dress that
doesn't make them feel like they are cheapening themselves just to go to a
formal dance. Moms with sewing abilities become very popular in the weeks
leading up to prom!
The youth should be applauded that support these "modest" events,
whatever their religious affiliation.I live in Australia where we
don't hold prom like the U.S., but a formal in their senior years. It took
weeks of searching for a modest dress which in the end was purchased from a Utah
retailer. Every one of my daughter's friends said that she looked amazing.
They on the other hand spent the night tugging their dresses either up or down
depending on whether they were strapless or too short or both! Add alcohol to
the night and my daughter (being the ONLY mormon at the school), still looked
fabulous at the end of the night. Modesty goes out the window with alcohol and
suggestive music and dance.If we had the numbers, we'd do the
same here. In the meantime, we settle for our Stake or regional dances where
these standards are upheld.Congratulations on influencing so many.
I am amazed that since 2006 not more local newspapers or even the news stations
have not been invited to report on this event. I wonder how the local school
principals will take it next year once they are invited?
So HAPPY, someone decide to do this for the High School kids. Didn't have
this option when I was in high school.
Hope it was written about in the local newspapers and non-members are welcomed
to attend. And don't turn it into a missionary event.
Former BYU player who is a broadcaster in his city has been doing this for a
while. (Y can't I remember his name - starts with a V)Good for them.
We used to have "Gold & Green" balls. Some might remember. I think it's important that the youth programs in our Church teach
dancing to our youth, so they can dance appropriately. We used to do that in our
Bravo! We have a 12 year old granddaughter who is very cognizant of modest
dress- and she looks every bit as cute as any other girl on her school campus.
She would never consider wearing a "belly shirt" or short shorts. She is
lovely and pure and intends to stay that way until she marries. When she is the
appropriate age we will travel the 200 miles to Gilbert, AZ so she can enjoy
their modest prom. I love this idea!
Happy that someone was willing to sponsor a dance for them.As a
senior single adult in Utah, it would be great if some church organization in
the Salt Lake Valley would step up to that also.Now that the LDS
Singles Spring Lane dance has been recently cancelled, it appears that there are
ZERO dances in SLC that are church sponsored for LDS senior single adults. Yes,
one can go to commercially/privately sponsored dances. Elks Lodge, Eagles
Lodge, Draper Mall Dance. But there are no "priesthood" endorsed
dances.Something just seems wrong with this picture. Disappointed.
@ Star BrightAre you referring to Vai Sikahema? He is in the
Philadelphia area at the moment? And isn't he also currently a stake
While I applaud "Matt" for going to this dance, if I were there with
him, I would ask him "Why are you going to the school prom when you know
there will be "inappropriate dress, music, and dancing"?
This is a phenomenon that happens all over the country. It was fun the last few
weeks to see my Daughter go to Mormon Prom (or MoPro in Teen Slang) and then see
all the pictures roll in from friends across the country as they went to their
separate LDS Sponsored proms. In our community it is a well known event and
people outside the church know it is happening. Several teachers at the high
school asked LDS kids if they were going and who they were taking. Lots of
effort went into turning a church gym into a beautiful venue for the teenagers
to have fun at.
It is very interesting to me that the people who started this did not sue the
school because their rights were violated, but instead found a way to leave
other people's rights alone and do something that was more in line with
what they believed. Maybe if more people did that, we could still have prayer
in schools, but I doubt it.
Nothing says fun like a parents room at the prom! families at the prom
isn't it about time!
Yes Northstar: That's exactly who I mean. Thanks. He was written up too
and I think in the paper back there. It wasn't limited to LDS, but it was
the same limitations. Good for these good people. Thanks, at least I got
the V right In his first name.
truth in all forms: I'm not sure if you are being sarcastic or not, but
the article says the room was for parents who were travelling a long way and
needed some place to hang out while the dance was going on.I wish more
parents would go to the high school dances and see what passes for dancing. I
think around here it's pretty tame to the dances back east.My
handsome, level headed grandson counted the cost of the dance, suit, corsage,
dinner, etc (even thought the dinner was at one house) and decided it
wasn't worth it. That's too bad B/C the Jr prom happens only once.
I think many places do this in the country. We do it here in Florida but they go
all out. Mormon prom is about five stakes here in Florida, each stake president
allocates money from their budget. They have it at a lovely place, catered,
pictures, etc. The kids love it.
"I think it's important that the youth programs in our Church teach
dancing to our youth, so they can dance appropriately."Very good
point! It's pretty simple to dance inappropriately.
Outstanding! Every region (multi-stake group) should plan an alternative prom
I wish they would have had this when I was in high school! I was home schooled
and my mom wouldn't let me go to prom. We ended up having a home school
prom with some other kids. we had so much fun hanging out in the basement
playing bunk o with our parents! I was lucky to stay up until ten that night. I
wish I could have gone to this dance with my parents and had fun with other
teenagers my age. It would have been neat to go to a modest prom. One that
doesn't have all that bad stuff like immodesty and bad music. I am sure
jealous of those teenagers in new jersey!
This seems to me like a great idea that would set an excellent example for youth
in the region as well as serve as valuable missionary work. I remember the very
first Church activity I went to after I started investigating the Church was a
YSA dance not that different from this one. I had far more fun there than I ever
did in any club or at any raucous party.