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Mon Jan 23, 2012, 11:59 AM

A simple 'Go to the dance with me?' doesn't cut it anymore

For weeks, South Pasadena High School senior Alex Hom knew he wanted to ask freshman Brooke Drury to winter formal. But it wouldn't do to just pop the question too boring or, even worse, to text it.

So he rounded up more than 20 friends, supplied them with red roses, choreographed a dance routine and wrote out his plea on signs. Then he had a friend bring Brooke, blindfolded, to a spot on campus for the big production.


Youth culture expert Melanie Shreffler said that today's high school students are part of the "millennial generation" those born between 1982 and 2004 who grew up with technology and social media and find it perfectly natural to post their experiences and opinions online for mass consumption.

As teens see others post videos and photos of creative dance invitations, it emboldens them to follow suit, she said.


And woe to those who text their question.

Camille, the Van Nuys student, said that gutless way ranks right down there with getting someone else to ask for you.

"I want it to be heartfelt," she said of an invitation. "I want to know they have the courage to face me and all of my friends."


I am shocked that kids can actually talk to each other in school today, let alone have dances....

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