My freshman year was the last time my school had a Sadies (aka Sadie Hawkins). Last year the dance was cancelled because of a blizzard and then when they finally had it four, five months later, barely anyone went. But because of the low attendance, the dance wasn't held this year and everyone was royally mad. Anyways!
What exactly is Sadie Hawkin's?
If you don't have one or you've never heard of this, the Sadie Hawkin's dance is a dance where the girls ask the guys. Its less formal than prom and may involve themes.
So where exactly did the Sadie Hawkin's dance come from?
The dance comes from an old comic strip, Lil' Abner by Al Capp and was named after the character, Sadie Hawkins. Apparenlty sometime in November (I've seen the 13th or the 15th, although I've also heard that the date was never actually given) a) all the unmarried women in Dogwood could chase the bachelors and if a woman caught a man, they would marry. Or b) apparenlty as he "the homeliest gal in all them hills" Sadie Hawkins could get a man. So her father arranged for a race of the bachelors. And whoever Sadie caught, they'd marry.
The first Sadie Hawkins took place in 1938, and by the next year there were over 200 of the events. Orginally, the dance was held in November, but now its held usually any time in the winter.
Some Fun Facts
- Sadie Hawkin's Dance is also known by many other names. Some of these include: TWA (The Woman Asks), WPA (Women Pay All), TWIRP (The Woman is Required to Pay), Girl Break, Morp (Prom spelled backwards), Ladies' Choice, Vise Verse, and other creative names.
- In Utah the dance is known as "Preference" and that the girls must "tag" her date. Tagging can't be done on campus, so the girls have to think of creative ways to tag their date or find them.
- The dance has inspired "Spinsters' Ball" which is for unmarried adults.
- In the case of non-Sadie's dances, a song may be called a "Sadie's" song. This means that for that song, girls have to go ask the guys to dance.
- Apparenlty when the Lizze McGuire show had an episode where the characters had their own Sadie Hawkins, the creators of Li'l Abner tried (and failed) to sue Disney for using "Sadie Hawkins" without their permission.
History of the Sadie Hawkin's Dance
So, do you have a Sadie Hawkins at your school? If so, do you call it something different?