As the sun set over the City of Love, the bustle of the city night life emerged, revealing its picturesque skylines, quaint cafes and of course, Northwood’s annual Winter Formal dance, encapsulating this year’s theme “A Night in Paris” on Saturday, Jan. 12 at the Yost Theater in Anaheim.
Students were greeted with a water feature that was decorated with painted alleyways and ambient fairy lights. The double story theater had ample room for students to dance, a dessert bar, a photobooth and areas for students to chat.
“The venue was so well-picked,” sophomore Annie Hu said. “There were so many nice photo opportunities both inside and outside, upstairs and downstairs.”
Halfway through the dance, giant balloons were released across the dance floor, bouncing over and around the heads of students.Towards the end of the dance as the formal court was announced—to many students’ surprise, the Winter Formal king was missing in action.
Senior Matthew Kim, who had been at a volleyball tournament over the weekend, had been crowned Winter Formal king.
“I thought it was pretty funny but also pretty awkward,” Kim said. “My friend texted me right after I had won, and I was resting in bed and was super confused for a bit. I even saw a video of my name being announced.”
For the remainder of the court, senior Jenna Kong was crowned as queen, while sophomore Jacob Trausch and Hu were crowned as prince and princess, respectively.
“All the people on the court were downright awesome and lovely people,” Hu said. “To be standing on stage with them was such an honor.”
The music ranged across a wide variety of genres, including hip hop, EDM, pop, trap and more. Hype songs like “Sicko Mode” by Travis Scott and “Mo Bamba” by Sheck Wes pumped up the crowd, while throwback songs like “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey and “Baby” by Justin Bieber had students singing along.
Preceding the night was a week of dress-up themes and activities around the Oak such as free posters and baguettes from ASB for students to use in their askings. Befitting its romantic theme, senior Viren Abhyankar established the mood with his Winter Formal proposal to senior Alice Chien in the pep rally, singing an acapella arrangement to “I Want It That Way” by the Backstreet Boys.
“I always knew I wanted to do a rally asking,” Abhyankar said, “and Alice mentioned it was her favorite song so I thought it would be cool if I could find an arrangement for it.”
Students sang along in the pep rally, illuminating the gym with flashlights and waving along with the beat.
“Senior formal was my favorite dance yet,” Abhyankar said. “I got to spend the night with friends, and The Yost had lots of space to dance and the DJ played good music. It feels good to have memories to hold on to.”
ASB is currently working hard to prepare the upcoming Sadie’s dance. Students can look forward to it on March 15.