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Grown-Up Prom Brings Spiked Punch and Powder Blue Suits to Red Hook

RED HOOK — Corsages, spiked punch and powder blue suits can only mean one thing.

It’s time for the prom.

The Red Hook Prom is being hosted next month to celebrate the community and raise money for a neighborhood dance studio and school

“For better or for worse, everybody has a prom story,” said Shannon Hummel, artistic director of Cora Dance, who is hosting the event.

“We wanted to have a big, fun cheesy party that everyone can enjoy,” she said.

With alcoholic punch and DJ BodyRock spinning 80s music all night long, this is a prom for grown-ups, said Hummel, adding that younger children should be chaperoned.

The dance, catered by home/made, will be held at the gym of South Brooklyn Community High School (173 Conover St.) on May 11 at 7 p.m., with performances by Cora dancers and students.

But prom wouldn’t be complete without its own king and queen. The studio has asked six neighborhood celebrities, from a local musician and a pizza place owner to a hip-hop choreographer and a drag queen, to sell raffle and admission tickets. The two who sell the most will be crowned Red Hook royalty.

Hummel said she hopes the dance will bring together all the kitschy things of prom from different generations.

As Cora’s annual gala benefit, the proceeds of a silent auction, as well as ticket and raffle sales will go toward Red Hook’s first studio theater, their dance programs, classes, scholarships, the company and school.

Funds will also benefit the Cora Youth Company, or CYC, where students perform at local schools and festivals, bringing dance to kids.

While the suggested admission is $100, the Red Hook Prom is pay-what-you-can with a suggested minimum donation of $20.

Tickets can be purchased at the door or online.