EVENT CANCELLED: Feb. 23 80’s Prom Dance Party

Join the totally tubular Sloan’s Lake Park Foundation for its first 1980s Costume Prom. Dress to excess in bold brights, band gear and big hair to pump up the volume for saving Sloan’s Lake. Photo by Basha Cohen

Cancelled – Sloan’s Lake ’80s Prom

The Sloan’s Lake Park Foundation (SLPF) is putting a twist on the big-hair decade with its inaugural 1980s Prom to support the lake. Whether you loved or hated your prom, or cringe when you look back in your photo album (yes, it wasn’t on your phone back then), you have a chance for a do-over! 

The time-traveling, fist-pumping, 18-plus costume prom is at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 23 at Sons of Italy, 5925 W. 32nd Ave. Light bites, desserts and booze will be flowing. Win prizes for best costume, choreographed dance and original prom picture. Grab a pre-prom dinner at SLPF partners Edgewater Pizza Inn or Rooted Craft Kitchen to get in the groove.

Get ready to travel back in time with Denver’s 5280s Band. Their retro-charisma and high-octane performance of hits from the ’80s guarantees nonstop fun and nostalgic vibes. Photo courtesy 5280s Band

Denver’s 5280s Band will hurl you into the whirling, neon-lit dance floors of yesteryear. Think MTV meets Madonna, new wave, glam metal, hip-hop and rap; a wacky musical mashup of greats from Prince to The Police. Toss in a little lovin’ slow dance by Diana Ross and Lionel Ritchie, and you’ll be transported to the era when music was big and hair was even bigger.

Getting ready is half the fun. Getting photographed with a real “Back to the Future” DeLorean means you’ll have this fashion memory on your phone, fer shur! Some pro tips from the Ab-Fab ’80s: Play it sweet and puff-sleeved like Princess Diana. Or make it hot and sexy like Madonna, whose layered lace, leather, fingerless gloves and unholy jewelry epitomized the Queen of Pop. Or pump, pump the jam in Jane Fonda or Richard Simmons nylon color blocks and spandex. Flaunt a “Flashdance” cut-off sweatshirt with legwarmers. Guys can pop a “Footloose” collar, don “Miami Vice” cool or drum up a band tee. It’s all about excess; neon, sequins, leather, zebra, giant shoulder pads, studs, chains, ripped knees, acid wash, wigs, mullets, side ponytails or hair as crimped, permed, hairsprayed and big as possible.

Kurt Weaver, prom king for SLPF, is stoked. 

“This is going to be the most gnarly event of the year to support the most radical lake in town,” Weaver said. “Submit your bodacious prom photo from back in the day for a chance to win a FAB Prize Pack. Send it to info@sloanslakeparkfoundation.org.”

Tickets range from $100 per couple (includes two drinks each) to a VIP table for 10 at $1,500. All profits go toward restoring Sloan’s Lake. Tickets at www.sloanslakeprom.com.

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