The return of the Dana Hall 9th/10th-grade Semi-Formal dance

Do you hear that? Must be the music coming from Dana Hall’s 9th- and 10th-grade semi-formal that was held earlier this month.

For the first time in two years Dana Hall brought back the Semi-Formal dance. It was held on one side of the Shipley Center Gymnasium from 7-10pm on Saturday, May 7.

Due to Covid restrictions, the Semi did not occur at all last year and was pushed into the spring this year instead of occurring in its usual early January time frame.

Shipley Gym was decorated in an “Elegant/ Masquerade” theme. Freshmen and sophomores from Belmont Hill, St. Sebastian’s, and Winsor were invited to join in on the event, and Dana Hall students could bring a plus-one.

Alexis Brunelli ‘24 called the event an “enjoyable bonding experience” and named the photo booth, run by Dana Hall’s Adam Richins, as her favorite part of the event. Eva Buckley ‘25 ​​said she enjoyed “being able to spend time with the freshmen but also the sophomores I don’t see as regularly.” She added that since she is a 9th grader she is already excited to participate in this tradition again next year.

This was the Class of 2024’s final Semi that they spent many class meetings working on. Avery Williamson ‘24 explained that she will miss the event next year when she becomes a junior but cannot wait for traditions like prom to come.

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