Dances & Formal Events
Dress code, dance rules & behavior for open and formal dances


Throughout the year, Jesuit may host formal events, open dances and formal dances. Students are expected to act respectfully at all times including dancing in a style and fashion that is consistent with the expectations of Jesuit High School.

For all formal events & dances, students must purchase a ticket in advance and have a current student body card.

Please refer to your current Parent Student Handbook for further information regarding dance policies.

Open Dance Dress Code

The Jesuit High School dress code is modified for dances. Jeans, athletic shoes, and non-collared shirts are permitted. 

Students wearing the following will not be admitted:

  • Shorts, skirts, pants, and dresses that are too short (i.e. no more than 3” above the middle of the knee) excessively tight, or “low rise.” Leggings do not change the length rule.
  • Tops that expose the stomach, back or chest: halter or backless, tube or strapless, one shoulder, crop tops of those with straps less than 1” wide.
  • Clothing that sags, bags, or is low-cut that exposes undergarments or excessive skin.
  • Clothing with references to alcohol, sex or drugs, racist or sexist sayings.
  • Any manner of hand-decorated apparel.

Appropriate dress is determined by host school staff. If a specific dress code is required for a dance, it will be announced in advance.

Formal Events/Dance Dress Code

 Formal means conservative, formal attire. Everyone is to wear dress shoes (absolutely no tennis shoes). A second pair of shoes will be allowed. Boys are to wear a tuxedo or a suit and tie. Girls will wear a formal dress. Halter, strapless and spaghetti strap dresses are allowed. Dresses must not be higher than 3″ above the top of the knee, slits cannot be open more than 3″ above the knee. Dresses are to be modest, in good taste, and appropriate. Absolutely no short, tight dresses are appropriate for a formal dance. Appropriate undergarments for the type of dress are to be worn. Dresses with low backs must not go below the middle of the back. Students out of dress code will be sent home after their parents have been notified.

Dance Rules & Behavior 

Dances are normally held from 7:00-10:00 p.m. No students will be admitted after 8:00 p.m. and no students may leave before 9:30 p.m. Any student left at the dance without a ride home beyond 30 minutes after the scheduled end time is subject to a taxi ride home at the parent’s expense.

Open Dances

Jesuit, Christian Brothers, Cristo Rey and Saint Francis hold age-appropriate dances throughout the school year. All four schools have accepted a common set of expectations and practices to help provide the best possible environment for healthy social interaction between the schools. These dances are open to Catholic High School students only.

Formal Dances

Jesuit’s guest dances (homecoming, junior prom and senior ball) are open to Jesuit High School students and their guests. Jesuit High School students may bring a guest from any school. Any guest who does not attend St. Francis, Christian Brothers or Cristo Rey must complete a Guest Pass form. A Jesuit High School student may also attend a guest dance without a guest and may purchase an individual bid at a reduced rate.