Huge turnout expected for Winter formal at Great America

November 30, 2022 — by Nikhil Mathihalli
Photo by @shsdance.co via Instagram
The theme for this year’s Winter Formal is “Met Gala Afterparty.” The dance will take place on Dec. 10 at Great America from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
The theme of the dance is “Met Gala Afterparty.”

Winter Formal will be held at California’s Great America Pavilion on Dec. 10 from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. — and the theme is “Met Gala Afterparty.” Ticket sales started on Nov. 1 and concluded on Nov. 21. About 674 students are expected to attend the dance. That number is more than any formal dance in recent history.

Until Nov. 11, tickets were $70 for students with ASB and $80 for those without. After that, tickets increased by $10 — those with ASB needed to pay $80, and those without needed to pay $90 — until Nov. 21, when ticket sales ended.

At the venue, students will have a variety of activities available during the dance: Great America rollercoaster rides, a photo booth and a DJ are all included in the package. Additionally, students can purchase ice skating tickets for $22.

Due to the venue being in Santa Clara, there will not be buses to transport students. Instead, students take care of their own transportation. Students are only allowed to drive siblings and family members, but not other students. Students are allowed to bring guests if they filled out a guest form by the deadline.

According to senior Dance Commission head Jacquelyn Ryu, this year’s formal will be greatly improved from last year’s at Gilroy Gardens.

“We didn’t have a lot of money to work with last year because last year was the first off-campus formal we’ve had in a long time,” Ryu said. “Overall, I think students will have a really fun time. Compared to last year, the theme is a lot more relevant and the venue is a lot more appealing.”

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