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Put on your dancin’ shoes and promenade

Mary Pickels
Tribune-Review File
Aliza Hamid and Michael Holmes take a selfie on the fashion runway for the annual Gateway High School Prom fashion show in this 2018 photo.

Finals, graduation and prom.

High school rites of passage — and promposals — are in season.

And SiriusXM’s Prom Radio is here to get one ready to boogie, or recall memories sweet, romantic or perhaps cringe-worthy.

From ill-fitting tuxedos to over-perfumed boutonnieres, from stepping on your date’s gown to discretely wiping off sweaty palms before a slow dance, prepare for or relive it all on Sirius channel 4.

The channel will feature musical memories from proms of the 80s, 90s and beyond. Grab a partner and hit the home dance floor to Bell Biv DeVoe’s “Poison” and Madonna’s “Like A Prayer,” slow dance to songs like Chris De Burgh’s “Lady in Red” and K-Ci and JoJo’s “All My Life.”

Grab some friends and make it a party with line dances like Los Del Rio’s “Macarena” and Marcia Griffiths’ “Electric Boogie.” It’s musical nostalgia for those who peaked in high school … and the rest of us, SiriusXM says.

Also this year on SiriusXM Prom Radio, celebrities select a few of their favorite prom memory tunes, including “Party Up” from DMX, DJ Pauly D’s choice; “Shoop” from Salt n Pepa, Henry Winkler’s contribution; and, from rap to ballad, Vinny Gaudagnino from MTV’s “Jersey Shore” offers his favorites: “In Da Club” from 50 Cent and “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion.

Expect to hear Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and company wail, “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing.”

Cyndi Lauper will recall “Time After Time,” 69 Boyz gives us “Totsee Roll,” K-Ci and JoJo will sing “All My Life,” Village People will lead us in “YMCA,” Digital Underground (out of chaperones’ earshot) will play “The Humpty Dance,” and Berlin will make us swoon with “Take My Breath Away.”

Ahhh, the stresses of prom

Several Tribune-Review reporters agreed to share their memories, including posing for formal portraits, long before selfies allowed prom-goers to capture less stilted, more light-hearted moments.

Renatta Signorini recalls removing her shoes for her “pose and smile.”

“I was taller than my date,” she says.

Not so ready to cut a rug

“I felt extremely bad for both my junior-year and senior-year prom dates. My dancing talent was — and is — questionable at best, and you probably would’ve needed a cattle prod to get me onto the dance floor during any up-tempo song,” recalls Patrick Varine.

“I definitely can remember slow dancing to Tyrese’s ‘Sweet Lady,’ Brian McKnight’s ‘Back at One,’ and, even though it was released before I was born, somehow Eric Clapton’s ‘Wonderful Tonight’ was definitely on the DJ’s playlist at one of my two proms,” he says.

Possibly because the 1977 song is a prom classic, youngster.

A distant memory

“That takes me real, far back; maybe farther than I want to remember,” jokes more senior reporter Joe Napsha.

“I can recall a band playing what I believe was a Blood, Sweat and Tears song that my date and I danced to, but I can’t recall the name,” he says.

“The prom was on the first floor of a nightclub in what was downtown Aliquippa (I went to Neville Island High School, which no longer exists), but we went upstairs to listen to the music and dance,” Napsha says.

“That might have been the highlight, because we waited a long, long time before we could leave early in the morning. We had junior driver’s licenses, which did not allow us to drive after midnight,” he adds.

For those gearing up for prom, or tripping down memory lane, turn your radio dial (all right, program it) for SiriusXM’s Prom Radio, helping you dance the night away through 3 a.m. May 15.

Mary Pickels is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Mary at 724-836-5401, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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