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Prom Night in Kansas City

Did you know that prom night in Kansas City is famous? Thanks to the efforts of film artists Peter von Ziegesar & Hali Lee "Prom Night in Kansas City" documents this right of passage dance experience through the eyes of several couples from different backgrounds. Kansas City's prom experience can be vastly different depending on which school a teenager attends, from a conservative Christian high school that does not allow dancing to Westport High to an alternative lifestyle prom.. The hour long film got a thumbs-up review from Variety's reviewer after its debut at the AFI Film Festival in Los Angeles. "Prom Night" has also been selected for distribution by the Cinema Guild of New York City and played at the Director's View Film Festival, Independent Nights of the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Texas Film Festival.

Prom Fashion Show Benefits Ali Kemp Foundation

While hundreds of Blue Valley students and parents viewed the latest styles from Alfred Angelo, they contributed to the Ali Kemp Foundation. On March 5th, Natalie M joined with dress designer Alfred Angelo to bring prom fashion to Blue Valley High School. A modest admission charge went to benefit the Ali Kemp Foundation which provides self defense classes to young women throughout the country.

Ali Kemp was a 19-year-old college student strangled two years ago while working at a swimming pool in Leawood, Kan., an affluent Kansas City suburb. After Ali’s murder, Roger Kemp set out to make sure that other young women had survival skills that might help them avoid Ali’s fate. Mr. Kemp voiced an emotional thank you to the show’s organizers.

New York School Cancels Prom

Citing excessive spending and orgylike behavior, a private New York High School has cancelled prom. Kellenberg's principal believes that the dance activities are out of control and do not reflect the school's high moral standards. Some parents and students have formed a group to hold a private prom for juniors and seniors. Is this the future of prom?

Cinderella's Closet

Kansas City has a new resource for girls who want to attend prom, but cannot due to extreme financial hardship-Cinderella's Closet. Cinderella's Closet is patterned after an Illinois charity called Glass Slipper Project. Girls can apply for assistance through the recommendation of their guidance counselor. For more info on assistance or to donate items or time write to elainej@kansascityproms.com


Kansas City Prom History

Kansas City made prom history in 1973. Karen Jones White a student at Kansas CIty, Kansas' Washington High School was elected the first black Homecoming Queen. This was at a time when Washington High School was 98% white and racial tensions were high all throughout the country.