Last weekend, we had the honor and privilege of providing disc jockey and master of ceremonies services for this important rite of passage on the Goodtime III with the small but spirited classes of 2010 and 2011 from Lutheran High School East in Cleveland. One of our favorite parts about DJing at proms is being able to interact with the crowd. More than any other type of casual party or dance, proms carry a very upbeat energy, and it’s great to be able to be around so much enthusiasm!
Despite the classes’ small size (there were maybe 40 people in attendance), they clearly came out to have a great time. Once the students finished dinner, it wasn’t long before absolutely everyone was on the dance floor, and we had quite a few really, really good dancers in the bunch, too! It’s rewarding to DJ for people who love to dance, and it really seemed like they were enjoying it, too! There was a lot of feet stomping, hands clapping, and laughter, and the Lutheran High School East students were even briefly joined on the upper deck by some of the students from the Jackson High School Band Banquet on the lower deck. It was cool for the kids from two different schools to be able to dance with each other for a few minutes. That’s why you’ll see a glimpse of a few casually-dressed students in some of these photos like in the left of the right-hand photo, above!
But, wait; I need to tell you something really, really important about this prom, and Lutheran High School East classes of 2010 and 2011, I hope you’re reading this:
Every. Single. One. Of these young adults was absolutely dressed to the nines with both flowers and a date to match! I have never seen prom couples be so well-coordinated! This prom looked like it fell out of a prom catalog, walked of the runway, or jumped off the pages of Seventeen magazine — they definitely deserved a magazine spread or two of their own! As I said before, Lutheran High East, you may have been one of the smallest proms we’ve served, but you were also one of the very best-dressed, hands down! They truly lived up to their theme, “Black Tie Affair.”
The ladies all looked very elegant. Many of their dresses were made of fine gauge bias-cut satin and had beading , sequins, pleats or other special detailing, and many of them were backless or had interesting cut-outs, as well, featuring interesting asymmetrical shapes at the neckline, hemline, or waist. These young ladies are clearly style-setters, so I wouldn’t be surprised if the fashions for the rest of the proms we see this season follow suit with the colorful and glamorous evening gowns we saw this past weekend.
At Something New DJs, we’re all about uniquely expressing your individuality through music, and it was clear to us that these ladies had spent time carefully choosing the special dress that best suited her. All of the dresses were so very different, but so very beautiful, just like each of you young ladies!
Likewise, the gentlemen were all very dapper in their tuxedos and suits, and, like the ladies, it was clear that each young man had put some considerable effort into looking good that evening as himself, not just as some anonymous guy in a suit. No one wore the “standard” black on black tuxedo — each one was unique and fabulous, and like the ladies’ dresses, displayed lots of cool colors and textures. There were even several white tuxedos with and without tails! I was really impressed with their attention to detail and level of fashion.
Really, I just can’t imagine how proud the families of these students must be to see their sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, or grandchildren looking so fantastic and so mature. The world is your oyster, now, baby! On behalf of Something New Entertainment, we wish you the very best and brightest futures, and congratulations on your upcoming commencement! You were a joy to work with!
The students enjoyed dancing well into the evening with DJ/MC Justin taking their requests. He mixed a very upbeat mix of mostly newer hip-hop with an urban flair including “Dream World” by Robin Thicke, “Next to You” by Mike Jones, “Never Ever” by Ciara featuring Young Jeezy, “No Games” by Serani, “Dream Girl” by Tay Dizm featuring Akon, “Find a Way” by Bayje, “Therapy” by India Arie featuring Gramps Morgan, “From My Heart to Yours” by Laura Izibor, “Halo” by Beyonce, “My Love” by the Dream featuring Mariah Carey, “Sexy Ladies” by Ray J featuring Truth, “Jump” by Flo Rida featuring Nelly Furtado, “I’m Goin’ In” by Drake featuring Lil’ Wayne and Young Jeezy, “OMG” by Usher featuring will.i.am, “Break Up” by Mario featuring Gucci Mane and Sean Garrett, “Freaky Gurl” by Gucci Mane featuring Lil’ Kim and Ludacris, “My Chick Bad” by Ludacris featuring Nicki Minaj, “Stanky Leg” by G-Spot, “Say Something” by Timbaland featuring Drake, “5 Star” by Yo Gotti featuring Gucci Mane, Trina, and Nicki Minaj, and “All I Do Is Win” by DJ Khaled featuring T-Pain, Ludacris, Rick Ross, and Snoop Dogg.
When it was time to announce the newly-elected Prom King and Prom Queen, the entire Prom Court lined up in the middle of the dance floor, and it was very easy to see any of these young ladies as queens and young men as kings in their own right.
When the Prom Queen’s name was announced, it was obvious that she was really surprised! She stopped, sort of stunned in disbelief before composing herself to claim her crown.
The Prom King was also crowned, and the two danced together briefly before being joined on the floor by their respective dates as well as the rest of the group for a slow dance to an old school Boyz II Men track.
The Goodtime III is a really cool location to have a prom for a number of reasons; first, of course, Something New Entertainment is the exclusive Disc Jockey company the Goodtime III, so it’s easy to book really awesome entertainment for the evening 🙂 Second, there’s just no matching the ambiance of being on the water. It’s exciting and romantic, and the cool breeze off the water is often a welcome refreshment since dancing can make one feel overheated.
Third, and perhaps from a more practical standpoint for parents and teachers, the Goodtime III is a very safe environment. Many of you already know that I come from a teaching background, myself, and that both my mother and grandmother taught, as well. As a child, I remember my mother dressing up to go chaperon the prom for the high school where she taught. (When I was four, I actually dressed up one of my Ken (TM) dolls in his tuxedo and suggested she take him as a date. She had her photo taken with him — it’s hilarious.)
The most important duty of the prom chaperons is basically to make sure no one wanders off and gets hurt or into trouble. Well — wandering off isn’t much of a concern on a ship in the middle of Lake Erie or cruising down the Cuyahoga River, and that relief of concern creates a number of great advantage for parents, students, and teachers:
Cool location, awesome DJ, and safe? That combination means less worry for concerned parents, less “policing” for chaperons, and students will be able to relax and enjoy themselves without that feeling of being under surveillance or like they have baby-sitters. We all like to feel independent and are a little bit creeped out when we’re being watched, right?
If you’re interested in booking a prom, dance, wedding, banquet, bar or bat mitzvah, birthday party, anniversary, corporate event or other special event aboard the Goodtime III, contact the Goodtime III directly by phone at 216-861-5110 or via e-mail at info@GoodtimeIII.com