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On February 16, 2024, Hempfield Area High School will bring back the tradition of the Sadie Hawkins Dance for 10th-12th grade students. This is the first time in fifteen years that the Sadie Hawkins dance has been hosted at Hempfield Area. The dance will run from 7-9 P.M. in the old gym. Traditionally, Sadie Hawkins encourages girls to ask out their date to reverse the typical proposal roles. Tickets are only $10 per person and are being sold February 8-15 in the English hallway during activity periods and in the auditorium lobby during lunches.

While other schools may take a formal approach to Sadie Hawkins Dances, Hempfield Area has always created a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Still, the dance has seen many fashion trends and has evolved throughout the decades.

1950’s and 1960’s

 The clothing that was worn to the dance during this time period was extremely traditional and imitated the fictional characters of Li’l Abner and Daisy Mae. Boys wore jeans and button down shirts. Girls wore capris and plaid patterned dresses. Both boys and girls chose to go shoeless to the dance as well.


1970’s and 1980’s

During this time, flannels started trending. This became the most popular style since it fit the country theme. Couples and friends matched their flannels to show off their partner and still engage with the country theme.


1990’s and 2000’s

For a short time throughout the 90’s, the flannels came to clash with the grunge style of the decade. Students wore baggy cargo jeans, band shirts, and flannels over top. With the 2000’s approaching students found it easier finding matching shirts with their couple. This kept the theme casual but drifted away from traditional country style fashion the dance had previously encouraged.



While other schools may take a formal approach to Sadie Hawkins Dances, Hempfield has always created a relaxed and informal atmosphere. As Sadies reemerges, we hope couples and friends will coordinate attire to bring back the traditional feel to the dance. So, don’t wait to find your Li’l Abner and your coordinated attire for February 16. The most coordinated couple will be crowned and  be forever remembered as the Daisy Mae of the returning Sadie Hawkins Dance since 2009.

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Kaylee Donavan-Shope
Kaylee Donavan-Shope, Content Editor
Kaylee Donovan-Shope has been attending Hempfield Area for the entirety of her life and is now a senior at the high school. She has been writing for The Royal for three years. Besides being heavily involved in the newspaper, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, dancing, and traveling. When she is not in school, Kaylee is usually occupied by her waitressing job. She enjoys speaking to her regulars and building new friendships with people of all ages at work. One of her many aspirations is to explore the world and meet many new people, diving into the extroverted and sociable side of her personality. As of now she plans to continue her dedication to clubs such as, United Spartans, Journalism, Project 18, and Mini-THON. She wants to make the most of her senior year continuing her involvement in clubs, expanding her knowledge, and by spending her time with beloved friends and family. She intends to attend college soon after graduation to continue her education majoring in Psychology and is ecstatic to see what is to come in the future.