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“From the Waltz to the Jitterbug”: Dances at Syracuse University, 1900-1960 - Junior Proms Slideshow

The Junior Prom tended to be a formal dance, like the Senior Ball. In the 1950s, it was also called the Sno-Ball and occurred during the Winter Carnival.


Dance card for the 1905 Junior Prom. Note the discoloration and poor condition of this item, probably because it was stored in a damp place before finding its way to the SU Archives. A postcard of couples dancing at the 1908 Junior Prom in Archbold Gymnasium. [ARM Image 11-0908] 1912 Junior Prom dance card, with metal cover. 1911 Junior Prom in Archbold Gymnasium. [ARM Image 11-0880] Couples enjoying the music of Charlie Barnett at the 1943 Junior Prom during May Weekend. [ARM Image 11-0887] 1946 Junior Prom dance program, which had been attached to the admission ticket.   Stan Kenton and his orchestra performed at the dance, which had a 'Reverie in Rhythm ' theme. Ticket for the 1946 Junior Prom. Admission was $5.00 per couple, which would be about $55.00 today. Dance program for the 1948 Junior Prom. The event, with a 'Spring Fantasy' theme, took place at the Jefferson Street Armory. Flier advertising the 1949 Junior Prom, or the 'Cinderella's Ball.' Note the discoloration on the upper and lower edges, the result of scotch tape that once affixed the item to paper. Dance program for the 1949 Junior Prom at the Jefferson Street Armory. 1949 Junior Prom dance program, opened. Ticket for the 1951 Sno-Ball, or Junior Prom, at the Jefferson Street Armory. Admission was $3.60, which would be about $30 today. Dance program, 'Circus Fantasy' dance program for the 1952 Junior Prom.  Buddy Morrow and his orchestra performed at the event, which was held in Archbold Gymnasium. 1952 Sno-Ball Queen Shirley Fenner and her court. Candidates for queen were usually the most attractive, accomplished and popular women students in the class. Students who attended the dance voted, and the elected queen was announced later that night.  [ARM Image 11-0860] Couples dancing at the 1952 Junior Prom. [ARM Image 11-0861] The sax section of Buddy Morrow's band at the 1952 Junior Prom. [ARM Image 11-0862] Dancers at the 1952 Junior Prom, with Buddy Morrow and his orchestra in the background. According to the 1952 Onondagan, 'A striped canopy of mid-night blue with gold streamers decorated the entrance to the gym, while traditional circus figures, clowns, animal wagons and freak show characters surrounded the dance floor.' [ARM Image 11-0894] Claude Thornhill Orchestra playing at the Empress' Waltz, or the 1954 Junior Prom. [ARM Image 11-0855] Couples dancing at the 1954 Junior Prom in the Women's Building. The shiny centerpiece hanging from the ceiling was a giant crown for the Empress' Waltz theme. [ARM Image 11-0856] Dance program for the 1954 Junior Prom, 'a semi-formal and corsageless affair,' according to the <em>Junior Journal</em>. Sketched plan for Empress' Waltz dance space, from the Dean of Women Collection. Live trees were lined along the back wall on either sides of the bandstand. Other decorations included blue drapes with snowflake patterns, a balcony made to look like a mountain scene, and a small sleigh borrowed from a Dewitt florist. Sketched plan for Empress' Waltz centerpiece from the ceiling, from the Dean of Women Collection. According to a Junior Prom committee report, 'The centerpiece was a large gold paper crown which hung below a sloping 'roof' of [royal blue, purple and white] streamers.' Queen of the 1956 Sno-Ball. [ARM Image 11-0928]