More than 200 University of La Verne students attended this year’s winter formal, the “Mad Hatter’s Ball,” held at the Padua Hills Theatre in Claremont.
“This is (my) third year … with the same group of friends,” senior Brian Mencia said.
“We always have fun,” Mencia said.
The doors opened at 7 p.m.
Appetizers were served throughout the night, including meatballs, chicken on skewers, pizza and chocolate covered strawberries.
There was also a bar for students 21 and older, where students could buy their own alcoholic drinks.
Transportation was provided for students who did not wish to drive; the charter bus made four trips – filling up each time.
On the bus students chanted, danced and sang on the way to the formal excited to arrive and show off their moves on the dance floor.
For some students this was their first winter formal.
“I was homeschooled so this is the first time I’ve ever been to a school dance,” Schelcy Nava, junior business administration major, said.
“This is a lot of fun and it really has lived up to my expectations of what I imagined a dance should be,” Nava said.
Nava danced the night away with friends who all wore cocktail dresses and flashy makeup.
“The set up is very nice, it’s a lot of fun. I’ll definitely come back next year,” Nava said.
Some attendees of the dance had fun with the “Mad Hatter” theme sporting top hats.
“I’m all for themes, whatever the theme calls for I dress accordingly,” junior Benjamin Balderrama Jr. said.
“I loved the theme and thought it was a good idea because everyone’s excited about the new movie coming out,” Amber Blackshear said.
Everyone was having fun dancing to the music played by the DJ.
Hip-hop was the main genre played but there were mixed feelings about the selection.
“I thought the music was terrible, too much rock music was played toward the end,” Mencia said.
“I thought the music was really good. I had a really good time dancing, and singing ‘Don’t Stop Believing’ was a lot fun,” Blackshear said.
Students took dozens of pictures and took mini decks of cards home with them as a memory of the night.
The night ended with the charter buses driving back students safely to the Campus Center.
“The set-up of the venue was really nice with the big dance floor and a lot of people showed up so it just made it fun,” Balderrama said.
This year’s winter formal had a high attendance number. However, there were many students who decided not to go.
Junior liberal studies major Vincent Prado was one of the students who decided to skip this event.
“It didn’t appeal to me,” Prado said.
“I didn’t know much about it besides the signs posted. I didn’t really know anybody who was going either so I didn’t go,” Prado said.
Prado did add, however, that he would consider attending next year’s formal if he knew more people who were going to attend.
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