General lack of interest in school dances seems to be a trending issue at CMHS.
It's no secret that CMHS doesn't have a Winter Formal, but after the cancellation of the Black Light Dance in January, many are wondering the reason for the lack of dances.
According to Activities Director Ms. Scott, a Winter Formal was held in the 2008/2009 school year and was very successful.
"The following year [2009/2010] the turnout started to wane. It was just becoming too expensive to put on," she said.
A survey on the Equestrian showed that 82% of those polled want a Winter Formal at CMHS. Opinions of those around the campus vary.
"I probably would [go to a Winter Formal]," said Jordin Peurrung, sophomore.
"I think not having one is not a big deal. I would rather go to a really awesome prom than have a bunch of okay dances," said senior Marcie Mathieu. "[But] I would go to one."
"I don't really care," said sophomore Quinn Smith. "I don't go to dances."
"I just want to dance," said Katie Lawrence, freshman. "I don't care if it's formal or not."
While most students see dances as just a fun event, good financial planning is a must. Factors like DJ package, venue, and attendance are all taken into account when determining the price of a dance ticket.
For every dance, a figure is calculated based on the estimated cost of the DJ package and decorations. That figure is then divided by the estimated number of tickets to be sold, setting the ticket price. Dances like Homecoming and Prom have more expensive tickets due to the higher cost of the DJ package, as well as the cost of the venue for Prom.
In some cases ticket sales can be overestimated, which is what occurred in the planning of the scheduled Black Light Dance in January.
"There's just not enough interest in wanting to have a dance," said Ms. Scott.
By Thursday, the day before the dance, only 35 tickets had been sold. While most students buy their tickets the day before or the day of the dance, the Student Government class decided that the financial risk was too large to take and thus cancelled the dance.
"To spend $1,000 on a DJ as a loss to the school wouldn't have been a good decision," said Ms. Scott. "We went with the more economical decision which was to cancel, pay the $100 cancellation fee, and try to move forward."
The Student Government class recently confirmed the rumors that there will be a "Spring Fling". The dance will be semi-formal, and will not specifically be a Sadie Hawkins dance.
"We're encouraging students to ask whoever they want; girls can ask guys, guys can ask girls," said Ms. Scott.
The Spring Fling is currently scheduled to take place on March 23rd.