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Teen/adult senior prom made of ‘Disco Dreams’

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Video of the Teen-Adult-Senior Prom.

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POSTED June 23, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Will Smith of Marquis Entertainment has worked at plenty of events during the years.

But Friday’s Teen-Adult-Senior Prom at the Manteca Senior Center was somewhat unique for the Stockton-based deejay.

Smith didn’t anticipate missing a beat.

“Variety is the spice of life,” he said. “There’s nothing like music to join teens and seniors.

“I play everything, from Benny Goodman to the Black Eyed Peas.”

The fifth annual multi-generational event was the brainchild of Madison Andermahr. At the time, she was attending Sierra High and came up with idea of the Teen-Adult-Senior Prom as her senior project.

While senior projects are no longer necessary for graduation – Manteca Unified did away with the program a few years ago for budget reasons – the Manteca Senior Advisory Committee and Manteca Youth Advisory Commission have continued putting together early summer gala.

“We look forward to it,” said Don Reed, speaking on behalf of the seniors.

 According to Brady Clark, who serves as staff liaison to the SAC and YAC, the two groups were in charge of funding, organizing, and agreeing on the theme.

This year’s prom theme was “Disco Dreams.” Each table even had a small-scale replica disco ball as a place setting.

Those attending came dressed to impress in semi-formal attire. The evening included a souvenir photo by Gabriel Ayala of Reflections Photography, dinner, dessert, beverage, and dancing.

YAC members Derek Benson and Zach DeGroot were attending their first-ever Teen-Adult-Senior Prom.

“We’re hoping to have a good time,” Benson said. “We like the DJ.”

He and DeGroot met up with Reed, who has attended all five of the proms.

“It’ll be fun,” the SAC chairman assuredly said. “Just don’t be afraid to dance.”

DJ Smith had a lengthy play list that included cha-cha, hip-hop and line dancing.

“I know everyone gets up for line dancing,” he said.

The entire SAC were in attendance, including Reed, Barbara Brickman, David Byrd, Jackie Johnston, Caroline Richardson, Robert Serpa, and Peggy Thompson-Spears.

Among the YAC members arriving early on were Benson, DeGroot, Madina Shuja and co-chair Alex Orr.

The youth group also handled the setting up and taking down of the tables, chairs and décor.

“The Youth Advisory goes through a big turnover almost each year,” said Clark, who is the City of Manteca’s Recreation Supervisor in charge of the Senior Center, preschool programs and teen activities. “The Senior Advisory will stay the same.”

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