Has Turnabout turned back to boys asking girls?


Art by Kenny Yi

It may not be a promposal, but Turnabout asks can be pretty unique.

Typically, Turnabout is the dance where a girl asks a date, as opposed to boys generally asking dates for other dances, including homecoming and prom.

However, this is not always the case at Saint Viator anymore.

“It has become more of a winter ball, where boys ask girls, and girls ask boys, rather than a Turnabout where it’s only girls asking boys,” said Mrs. JoAnne Francis, director of student activities, who has been in charge of Saint Viator dances for the past 18 years.

Additionally, Mrs. Francis said that many students just go with a group of friends and sometimes have even more fun than they would with a date.

That being said, many girls treat Turnabout as a chance to be creative with asks tailored to the interests of their dates.

Mrs. Francis said she has seen many asks from surprise presentations during school to scavenger hunts and from locker decorations to putting a message on the digital board in the fishbowl.

“I’m going to make a Spotify playlist with the names of the songs spelling out the question, ‘Will you go to Turnabout with me?’” said freshman Olivia Gauthier.

Senior Camilla Fernandez’s aid she has asked guys to Turnabout in some elaborate ways. As a sophomore, she asked a boy who liked “Grey’s Anatomy.”

“I dressed up in scrubs and said, ‘I may not be Christina Yang or Meredith Grey, but will you be my TB date?’” said Fernandez.

She has gone to Winter Ball since freshman year, and she said a lot has changed even since then.

“In freshman year, girls will ask during school and be really generic and ask a month before,” said Fernandez. “When you get to your senior year, people will ask two days before and they will be more personal and funnier jokes, and not as generic.”

With college a major thought for seniors, Fernandez said she plans to ask her date this year in a way related to the college they’re going to.

“Or food,” said Fernandez. “Food’s always good.”

As the saying goes, “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.”

This year’s Las Vegas-themed Winter Ball is on February 24. Tickets will be sold February 15, 16, 21 and 22. The cost is $15 for a single ticket or $30 for each couple.