Sadie Hawkins is a dance held every year at Chaparral and many other schools throughout the United States, where untraditionally the girl asks the boy to be her date. The Sadie Hawkins dance is names after the Li’l Abner comic strip character Sadie Hawkins created by cartoonist Al Capp. This idea originated in 1937 when the comic was popular and the main character was referred to as “the homiest gal in all them hills” by her father and when she reached the age 35, she still had no one to marry her, the foot was put down and Sadie’s father declared it Sadies Hawkins Day. Sadie Hawkins became a teen trend in the late 30’s and early 40’s where the young generation declared it okay to buck traditional gender roles by asking the guy out on a date rather than being asked. The First ever Sadie Hawkins dance was held on November 9, 1938. When this type of dance was first held the theme was winter-esque and girls would would wear sparkling whites and silvers while the males would dress nice in a suit and tie. Now in the twenty first century, high schoolers have been taking a more casual approach, leaving the sparkles for homecoming. Females will typically wear a more casual dress with a small heeled shoe, or even their everyday high top converse. Boys will wear khaki pants with a nice button down, maybe a bowtie if feeling fancy. When girls ask boys to the dance, they will usually come up with a cute poster featuring a cute phrase or showcasing their hopeful future date’s interest, similar to a “promposal.” Sadie Hawkins is usually held in late January or early February rather than the original dates of November. This year, leading up to the dance, the annual spirit week dress up days were participated by students. Chaparral's Sadie Hawkins dance was held on January 26 in the commons after school from 8:30-10:30 pm.
Story by Lauren Haviland