Dances

Described is everything you need to know about our upcoming dances. Once you've reviewed our dance policies, scroll down for specific dance requirements, download guest pass forms, and purchase tickets.

Dances at Archbishop Mitty are a great opportunity for students to come together, listen to the latest music, and enjoy creative themes. Tickets are only available through ONLINE purchasing, and are non-refundable. THERE ARE NO TICKETS SOLD AT THE DOOR FOR ARCHBISHOP MITTY DANCES. STUDENTS SHOULD NOT EXPECT TO BE ADMITTED IF THEY ARRIVE WITHOUT HAVING PURCHASED A TICKET BY THE CUT-OFF DATE AND TIME. As students are scanned in to verify ticket purchase and attendance, it's REQUIRED that students bring their CURRENT student IDs to each dance. 

Any student who is deemed inappropriately dressed (by the Dean of Students or Assistant Dean of Students) may be refused admission into an Archbishop Mitty dance. Please check dress code requirements or contact the Dean's Office prior to the dance for details.

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AMHS Dance Regulations & Attire

The values and regulations given below are in effect not simply at AMHS, but at all Catholic high schools in the Diocese of San Jose. These expectations were developed collaboratively by the Deans and Activities Directors at all six high schools in the Diocese (Archbishop Mitty, Bellarmine, Notre Dame San Jose, Presentation, and Saint Francis). The Principals of the six schools endorsed these policies. The policies will be implemented, published, and enforced at all six schools.

These common policies emerge from our shared mission in promoting the Catholic Christian values that recognize the dignity and self-worth of all people. Within this setting, dances are viewed as an opportunity for students to socialize in a supervised and safe environment. Students' behavior and attire should reflect this guiding principle.

General Regulations

  • All students in attendance must provide student ID upon request from a dance supervisor. In the event of any violation of these regulations or any other behavior deemed inappropriate, the dean of the guest's school will be notified of the incident.
  • Large jackets, purses, and backpacks may be inspected by the faculty chaperones before admittance to the dance.
  • For the duration of the dance, students will be expected to be in compliance with the standards of dress stated below.
  • All dance styles must comply with standards of modesty and safety. The faculty and administrators in attendance will be the final judge of the appropriateness of dance style. Inappropriate dancing includes, but is not limited to, the following: twerking, booty dancing, or otherwise inappropriate or dangerous dancing (including slam dancing, moshing, body surfing, etc).
  • The use of any controlled substance or mind-altering substance is not permitted.
  • Students violating any of these rules may have their parents phoned and may be asked to leave the dance. They may also face further disciplinary consequences up to and including dismissal.

Attire

  • Students are expected to be clean and neat in their personal appearance, observing standards of modesty, moderation, and good taste.  Any interpretation and judgment in these matters lies with the school personnel supervising the dance.
  • Please see the dance descriptions below for guidelines.

Any student with questions about dress code is invited to visit the Dean of Students office for clarification of details or to show the office an outfit prior to any Archbishop Mitty Dance for approval.

Additional AMHS Dance Directives In addition to the above diocesan-wide policies, the following directives are also in effect at AMHS:

  • Jr. Prom and Senior Ball normally run from 7:00 p.m. to 11:30pm, with the doors closing at 8:00 p.m. and reopening at 11:30pm. Students are not allowed to exit dances until doors open at the end.  For dances that run from 8:00 pm until 10:30 pm, the doors will close at 9:00 pm. No one will be admitted after 9:00 pm without prior permission from the Dean of Students. Doors remain closed until 10:30 pm. Students are expected to remain until the dance ends and the doors open. Permission to leave the dance early is only permitted if requested to the Dean's Office in advance or in the event of illness.

  • Students are expected to stay for the duration of the dance.

  • Students must be picked up from dances by 10:30 pm for non-formal dances, and midnight for proms.

  • Junior high students are not allowed at AMHS dances. 

  • Freshmen may not attend Junior Prom or Senior Ball. 

  • Freshman, sophomore, and junior students may invite guests who are in high school (not over age 18). 

  • Senior students may invite guests who are college age (not over age 20). Seniors students must have prior permission from the Dean of Students to bring a college-age guest by submitting the dance guest pass directly to the Dean before submitting it to Student Activities. College-age guests will be required to present a proper photo ID confirming their birth date prior to admittance to the dance. An AMHS student is allowed to bring no more than one guest and must complete a Dance Guest Pass. This guest pass must be submitted to the Student Activities Office by 3:00 pm on the Monday prior to the date of the dance.

  • When applicable, an AMHS student is allowed to bring no more than one guest and must complete a Dance Guest Pass. This guest pass must be submitted to the Student Activities Office by 3:00 pm on the Monday prior to the date of the dance, along with a printed copy of the purchase receipt.  Any non-Mitty guest attending the dance must ARRIVE & LEAVE with the inviting AMHS student. No guests will be allowed entry if the AMHS student is not present at check-in. 

  • Any forged signatures on a guest pass will result in forfeiture of attendance at that and/or future dances, no refund, and possible disciplinary action.  Students and their guests must present their student body card or a valid photo ID upon entering the dance. 

  • These items are strictly prohibited due to their association with club drug use: glow sticks, necklaces, bracelets, mouth bubbles, etc. pacifiers, suckers, and other items placed in the mouth Such items will be confiscated, not returned, and the student referred to a dean.

For the duration of the dance, AMHS students and their guests are expected to be in compliance with all school policies, the stated dance dress code, and dance style restrictions. Should AMHS students and/or their guests refuse to follow directives regarding attire, inappropriate dancing, etc., the administration reserves the right to cancel future dances.

Below is the dance schedule for 2023-24 school year. While specifics based on theme are highlighted below, general AMHS dress code guidelines are expected to be maintained.

September 9 - Back to School Dance (AMHS students only, no outside guests)

October 21 - Homecoming Dance

April 20 - Junior Prom 

This is a formal event. Freshman students are prohibited from attending the Junior Prom. The renting of limousines is permitted for this dance. The renting of hotel rooms for pre-event or post-event gatherings is prohibited. This year's event will take place at Villa Ragusa in downtown Campbell.

Appropriate attire includes a suit or tuxedo with collared shirt and tie (or mandarin/band collar shirt) and dress shoes (no athletic shoes). A “suit” is a matching pair of dress slacks and jacket. A sport coat or other type of jacket and mismatched pants is not considered a suit. Athletic shoes are not permitted (this includes Air Jordans). Hats are not permitted. 

Dresses must be semi-formal and formal length. Dresses must have at least one strap that is part of the dress material (one-shoulder strap, spaghetti straps, halter tops, and boat necks are permitted). Strapless dresses are not permitted. Skirt length must stay at least six inches from the mid-knee, including the skirt slit, and must have 3 inches of material from the natural waistline in the back. Plunging necklines or backs are not permitted. Dresses with transparent material, including transparent straps, or transparent fabric panels, and dresses that reveal bare midriff or sides are not permitted. 

Students are STRONGLY advised to consult with the Dean's Office if there are any questions regarding specific dresses or outfits.

May 12 - Senior Ball 

This is a formal event. Freshman students are prohibited from attending the Senior Ball. The renting of limousines is permitted for this dance. The renting of hotel rooms for pre-event or post-event gatherings is prohibited. This year's event will take place at the Signia by Hilton in downtown San Jose.

Appropriate attire includes a suit or tuxedo with collared shirt and tie (or mandarin/band collar shirt) and dress shoes (no athletic shoes). A “suit” is a matching pair of dress slacks and jacket. A sport coat or other type of jacket and mismatched pants is not considered a suit. Athletic shoes are not permitted (this includes Air Jordans). Hats are not permitted. 

Dresses must be semi-formal and formal length. Dresses must have at least one strap that is part of the dress material (one-shoulder strap, spaghetti straps, halter tops, and boat necks are permitted). Strapless dresses are not permitted. Skirt length must stay at least six inches from the mid-knee, including the skirt slit, and must have 3 inches of material from the natural waistline in the back. Plunging necklines or backs are not permitted. Dresses with transparent material, including transparent straps, or transparent fabric panels, and dresses that reveal bare midriff or sides are not permitted. 

Students are STRONGLY advised to consult with the Dean's Office if there are any questions regarding specific dresses or outfits.

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