The generations-old tradition of high school proms is alive this month, but anyone older than 30 may find the annual rituals almost unrecognizable from the dances of their day, reports The North County Times.
Glamorous gowns and sophisticated suits still are in vogue, but proms have moved away from gyms and banquet rooms and into theme parks, museums, clubs and even ballparks. Handmade decorations have been replaced with laser shows, projection screens and actors.
"Kids want something new and fresh every time," said Kaitlin Wood, a teacher and Associated Student Body adviser at La Costa Canyon High in the San Dieguito Union School District. "Proms have morphed into something much more than a school dance."