DANCING! ONLY IF YOU WANT THE FIRES OF HELL TO COME UP AND ENGULF THE . . . Oh . . . sorry, my Baptist upbringing was getting the best of me.
I'll give you my 2 cents on dancing in a minute. But first – about that prom alternative. I think that the prom alternative is not a bad idea. I think if I did one . . . I wouldn't offer it on the same night but the weekend before or after so that you're not competing with it. Here's why. 1. Competing with something sends a message that you disagree with it. I think there are a lot of good Christian students out there that want to attend their prom- and that's okay. The Bible doesn't talk about prom's or dancing being bad. The Bible talks about LUST being bad or impure thoughts, etc. So I wouldn't go as far to publicly abolish it- which competing might do. 2. I think that offering "another one" instead of a competing one, might provide an opportunity to get more students, including outreach students (which I would encourage). I'd also have a talk with all my staff and student leaders about the goal of this thing. I'd discuss NOT condescending those who are going to the prom. This is just a fun event as well . . . for those who aren't going or for those that want even another one.
As for the event itself- dancing can be okay . . . or it can be BAD! It's all about the music and the DJ. Let's be honest. A lot of today's dancing is pretty risque and, guys especially, have trouble keeping their minds out of the LUST WAGON at a dance. Secondly . . . a dance can put a lot of pressure on the whole "bring a date" thing which can really exclude a lot of students. Those are both things to be considered.
If I did dancing, I personally would do Ballroom dancing, and find someone in the church that would teach lessons for 4 weeks prior. My brother has a pretty cool ballroom dance web site where you can learn to dance for free on-line (have you ever waltzed with your monitor?) Click here to check out dancetv.com's website.
Also, on my events page someone submitted an idea that I REALLY liked called the Ten Dollar Prom. CLICK HERE FOR A LINK TO THIS EVENT ON OUR WEB SITE.
This won't let money get in the way.
Hope that helps.
The Source for Youth Ministry