Commonly found in Canada and the United States, the Sadie Hawkins Dance is known as an informal dance in which the women ask the men to accompany them.
This dance’s name came from a comic strip. This comic was created by Al Capp, and the main character was Sadie.
According to Todayifoundout.com, Sadie was the daughter of one of the town’s first settlers. After waiting for fifteen years, not one bachelor or date arrived to marry her.
Tired of waiting for a son-in-law, her father gathered all of the unmarried men in town and declared it Sadie Hawkins Day. He then said, “When ah fires [my gun], all o’ yo’ kin start a-runnin! When ah fires agin—after givin’ yo’ a fair start—Sadie starts a runnin’. Th’ one she ketches’ll be her husbin.”
This event became popular amongst the single women and the town declared it a mandatory event. By law, if a woman caught one of the bachelors and dragged him over the finish line before sundown, they had to get married. The comic strip was published on November 15, 1937.
Taking inspiration from the comic, women asked the men to accompany them to events or dances. The first known Sadie Hawkins Dance was held on November 9, 1938. Within a year, many more dances emerged with the same principles as the Sadie Hawkins Dance.
The tradition of women asking the men originated from the comic. It makes the dances unique along with their informal dress code. For Sadie’s the couples usually wear matching outfits. This includes something as simple as a shirt and shorts.
LGA’s dance organizer, Brittany Quintero, chose the theme 50’s. From this theme she was inspired by popular movies such as Footloose and Grease.