Winter Formal Springs Back to TL


Students together and enjoying time at Winter Formal since 2020.

Layan Asleim and Shayla Foley

The Winter Formal was introduced in late January and was held last weekend on the 27th–a spring back from the previous one in Dec. 2020. The dance was set in the new competition gym beginning from 7-9p.m.. For the students that attended the dance, their thoughts varied on the overall experience. 

The Winter Formal theme had a more formal dress code to attend and seemed to set a different impression from this years’ dances that the school has held. The dance itself was presented with no lights and a blue theme around the gym, also present were snack tables which doubled as rest areas for students and staff. The lights set a dark theme with light up tables. Balloons floated around the room and the gym was decorated with blue floors and strings. 

“I felt that Winter Formal was less fun because the music wasn’t good and the dancing was not continuous and more scattered,” Kelly Rodas Diaz, a freshman shared. Despite the upbeat theme set by music and excited DJ’s, most students found the dance to not be as entertaining of a night as the other dances held at Terra Linda. Students felt that the overall experience and theme was not as fun or planned as well as the Homecoming and the Blacklight dances. These sentiments seemed to fly amongst  other freshmen and sophomores. Abigail Cifuentes, a freshman, who shared the same thoughts. “The overall setting kind of threw me off because it was in a huge gym with tables and had just a strange vibe to it. I felt that Homecoming and Blacklight just shared a more open one way kind of setting that helped set everyone in one place only. But the idea of the dance seemed fun and I did have a good time.” Cifuentes, shared about her experience. 

Students felt that certain things the Associated Student Body (ASB) could have considered to make the dance better was trying using the same setting as Homecoming and Blacklight, taking music requests and not restricting certain things to the dress code such as shoes. Megan Buckley, a sophomore said, “I did not like it. The music was awful and the ASB should have asked for music suggestions. I hated wearing heels and dancing.” Although some students were not very fond of the dance, a collaboration of the students’ ideas could be used by ASB for next years’ dance.