The PDC That Might Have Been

Kamryn Washington and Mary Grace Samp

“My brother said it was boring and the food was really bad,” she says. “But my mom said it was fun and that I should go.”

Throughout the school year, there are many events that are always lingering in the front of student’s minds: the faculty vs. students basketball game, homecoming, and PDC (just to name a few). PDC is the chance for the girls to ask boys to a dance. Seems fun right? Everyone gets all dressed up in new dresses, breaks their ankles in too high of heels, and does their hair in whatever cute styles they found off of Pinterest or Instagram. No matter the grade, it is an event that most students anticipate as they get a chance to come together with other schools across Buckhead for a night of dancing, eating, and fun! 

Unfortunately for the anxious freshmen like us, we will be attending our first PDC as sophomores (hopefully) in the winter.

Since this dance has been a tradition for many years, lots of students have parents who went to their own PDC back in the day. With this in mind, as well as all the positive and excited chatter that have roamed the halls, many were looking forward to experiencing it on their own.  Others, like freshman Sloane Santos, were anticipating “sitting and eating with friends” at the dinner leading up to the dance. 

PDC was planned for March 22 so that the freshmen wouldn’t have to worry about finding dates until the second semester. But the day before the first fall exam, the first boy was asked, causing a spiral of panic in the girls to ask someone before he was asked by someone else. This frenzy is what made Caytie Anne Colavito ask her fellow Lovett swim teammate, Tyler Lamberson, to the dance. “I just texted him because I knew that everyone else was asking already,” she says. She was not alone. Many other girls didn’t ask face to face, rather screen to screen. 

To prepare for the day, girls spent varying times shopping for dresses, booking hair and makeup appointments, and finding shoes. Some had everything planned to the T, while others figured they’d wait until the last minute to figure it all out. “I wasn’t prepared for PDC at all,” Caytie Anne said to us recently over a FaceTime call. “I didn’t have any shoes to wear whereas my (twin) sister Caroline did.” Being a member of Singers, Sloane had plans to head to New York City with the rest of the choir to sing. But after the trip got canceled due to the virus outbreak, she found a dress but never ordered it. “I shopped online at Lulus and Revolve,” she says. 

With no previous PDC experience under their belts, the freshmen could only imagine it to be the way others have described it: “Super fun!” or “The best night ever!” Although this was the case, Sloane was nervous for “the awkward dancing part.” Both her mom and brother have attended the dance, each giving Sloane different opinions on how it went. “My brother said it was boring and the food was really bad,” she says. “But my mom said it was fun and that I should go.” With this, she was more excited about seeing friends and people’s dresses than the actual night itself.  

Tyler Lamberson, who was supposed to go to the dance with Caytie Anne, said that he was most excited to hang out and talk with the people that he doesn't really get to at school. He said that he wasn’t nervous for the dance at all. He told me that he expected to first go to the picture party. “I expected that that might be awkward because I don’t really know many people in Caytie Anne’s friend group, but I am friends with all the guys that they were taking.” He said that PDC was on his birthday so he hung out with his friends and played games with his family, but if it wasn’t on his birthday, he wouldn’t have done anything to replace the dance. “Yeah, I was disappointed that it was canceled,” he said. 

With mixed emotions about even going to this year’s dance, girls like Sloane “didn’t want to go in the first place” or maybe were more like Caytie Anne who was not disappointed it got canceled, but sadder about not being with friends. As for next year? Both girls don’t know who they will ask next, saying “it depends on if everyone else asks the same people.”
We also talked to sophomore Kiley Jones about her freshman PDC experience to find out what “might have been” for us. “My favorite thing about freshman PDC was that I got to spend time with my friends. I really liked the picture party” she said. Her least favorite thing was the food that was served. “I had this vegetarian meal. It wasn’t great,” she laughed. She brought someone that lives in North Carolina, so she had to ask him to the dance pretty far in advance. “I was most nervous about dancing in front of people so I just sat in the corner and chilled,” she remarked. She said that there was more drama sophomore year because they sent out the spreadsheet, and there were fights over guys. “Yeah, there were last-minute changes too,” she said. “It was a weird sophomore year.”

PDC, a pre-debutante cotillion, is one of the most anticipated nights throughout the year. With Libba Wright retiring, girls and boys will gather this December for their first PDC dance as sophomores. Beginning with picture parties, listening to a live band, eating dinner with friends and dates, and finishing the night with some moves, the best thing about it will always be “the tradition of it,” something many were looking forward to.

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