School newspaper of Academy of the Holy Names, Tampa

Academy Formal Dance Horror Stories

December 1, 2017


“I got home at like one in the morning after giving Mickey’s (left) keys back to her; it was rough.” – Katherine Nitchals (right) (’18)

Academy’s Formal dance brings an opportunity for students to dress up, take a break from exam stress, and dance the night away with friends or a date. However, it also can bring awkward, sometimes hilarious circumstances. 

I was late to pictures

“I was running late to formal pictures already, but when I got there, I remembered I forgot the boutonniere. My mom and I decided to turn around and go back home to get it. When I got back, everyone was waiting for me.” – Nina Alberdi (‘18)

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I went with my ex-boyfriend

“My boyfriend and I broke up before Formal, but he still wanted to go. We missed pictures because my mom and I had to go pick him up – most awkward car ride of my life.” – Blakely Byrd (‘19)

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My date ditched me

Freshman year, my date left me and sat outside on a bench on Bayshore for the entire dance.” – Abby Rodriguez (‘18)

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I fell on the dance floor

Sophomore year, I slipped on the floor while dancing with Gretchen and all the teachers gave me the look.” – Christina Suarez Solar (‘18)

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I stranded my friend

“I was in stranded in Valrico with [my friend] Mickey’s car keys and left her alone in the Palma Ceia parking lot for several hours.” – Katherine Nitchals (‘18)

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I fell

“I was walking down some really steep stairs when I slipped and grabbed my date – my face slammed into his arm. Later, I looked at his jacket and there was makeup all over it.” – Christina Alarcon (‘18)

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