Despite the cross town rivalry, Paly and Gunn students will be coming together for a joint dance will be held on Feb. 26 from 7 p.m to 10 p.m at the Mitchell Park Community Center. Paly’s Associated Student Body (ASB) sent out a survey, proposing different themes for the dance. Possible themes that were offered up to the student body included Safari, Metallic, Electronic Dance and Hippie. This same survey was also administered at Gunn.
On Feb. 18, ASB in cooperation with the Gunn Student Executive Council (SEC) confirmed that the theme will be “Highlight the Night”.
“This means the base theme is essentially white out but also with neon highlights. If they want to do the white theme they can do that, or if they want to do the neon theme they can do that” Student Activities Director Matthew Hall said.
The logistics are still being worked out, as the dance is still one month away.
“We are working with our event coordinator on the logistics of the DJ, do we get black lighting, do we get white lighting, that sort of thing” Hall said
Each school is in charge of different aspects of the dance, but will be hosted by both. There will be a variety of activities available to students if they choose not to participate in dancing.
Guest passes are still available at both schools, and tickets are very cheap. ASB is planning on having the price of a ticket be five dollars for students with ASB stickers and 10 dollars for those without. Tickets will be sold at the door for 10 dollars.
“I highly recommend everyone to come out to the dance, because it is the first joint Gunn Paly dance in a while” Gunn SEC Treasurer Tone Lee said.
ASB is planning this dance based on student feedback from homecoming. Students did not want to wait on long lines in order to enter the dance, and as a result, ASB is going to try and simplify the process.
“We learned some things from this year’s homecoming dance where we had 800 plus people and selling tickets at different prices, having to check ASB cards and ID’s created too much of a line” Hall said
ASB learned that Paly students would rather pay an extra five dollars and be able to enter the dance right away, instead of waiting on line and being able to pay less. Many Paly students are looking forward to the dance and planning on attending.
“This dance will definitely help alleviate some of the Gunn-Paly rivalry and will bring a brighter and friendlier future for our two schools” Lee said.