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Prom Vocabulary May 13th, 2014

What is Prom?

Prom is a formal dance held near the end of the school year for high school graduating seniors. Some movies that have a Prom included as one of their scenes are “Pretty in Pink”, “10 Things I Hate About You”, and “High School Musical”. Since the ELC Prom in Los Angeles is coming up, here are some vocabulary terms to prepare for the BIG event!

Prom date:

Students often go to Prom with a “date”, which is another person they choose as a partner for the Prom. Many partners decide to color coordinate and match the attire with their partner.


A small flower bouquet worn by a woman (corsage) on her wrist, or worn near the buttonhole of a suit by a man (boutonniere).

Prom Court:

Prom Court mainly includes Prom King and Prom Queen, but can also include Prom Princess and Prom Prince for second place. Students vote for Prom King and Queen among the running candidates, and the winners receive a crown and sometimes sashes.

Tuxedo/Evening Gown:

Tuxedos and evening gowns are traditional attire worn for Prom. Tuxedos are formal suits usually worn with a bowtie, and evening gowns are long dresses that usually touch the floor. Of course, there are many different types of attires that can be chosen and are not limited to just tuxedos are evening gowns.

ELC Prom in Los Angeles will be held on Friday, May 16th. It will be open to all of our students, regardless of their graduation date, and will consist of food, drinks, dancing, photo sessions, and also Prom Court. Stay tuned for pictures from Prom to get an insight as to what an American Prom can look like!