As they pulled aside the streamers, the students entered into a festive night designed just for them.
The adaptive prom, held at the beginning of May, was created to celebrate students from Hudson High School's special education program.
"Our prom that we have now, it's not necessarily tailored toward them," said Halle Powers.
Powers, Gabby Myers and Madison Danielson planned the prom as part of their senior capstone project, and as part of the high school's healthcare academy.
The project had to benefit others, include skill acquisition and have longevity.
While brainstorming ideas the three decided they wanted to keep the project related to the high school. They decided on helping the special education students, who always have a positive presence in the school.
"When you think of Raider pride and spirit, that's them," Powers said.
They wanted to do something that was just for them, and honor what they do for the school and its students.
An adaptive prom was one of the suggestions made by the head of the program. The three liked the idea of something that everyone could participate in easily.
It was also an opportunity to further build student relationships.
The three funded the event on their own. They spent all year planning, though the last month was the busiest. They coordinated decorations, food, attendance and staff to chaperone.
Food kicked off the event,and soon enough everyone was on the dance floor.
"It was super fun," Myers said.
"It turned out way better than we expected," Powers added.
The event was full of activities, including bean bag toss, photo booth, coloring sheets and of course, dancing.
Michelle Caron's son Danny attended with two long-time friends as his dates. He did a promposal, bringing balloons to ask Sophie Czupryna and Ellen Somerville at the school.
Danny loved the event, Caron said.
"When I went to pick him up, he said to me, 'I no go home, I stay here,'" she said. "Which is a sign he had a really fun time."
She has videos of him dancing with his friends.
"He's just got a smile on his face the whole time," Caron said.
Ryan Erickson also attended the prom. He enjoyed being with his friends, and the bean bag toss.
"It was fun, and it was awesome," he said
Erickson's mother Susan said the event was fabulous, and a testament to how the school district includes all people in its events
"They incorporate all kids in the school," she said. "It's really nice."
The organizers should be proud, Susan Erickson said.
The best part of the night for the three organizers was watching the students enjoy the event.
"I think just seeing the kids dance and the smiles on their faces," Danielson said. "And getting to know them."
Taking a break from the dance floor at the end of the night, Powers watched as parents filed in to pick up their kids. The dance floor was still full of students having fun.
"I would look over at the parents and they're just smiling watching their kids," Powers said. "It just felt really rewarding.
Powers, Myers and Danielson hope the event continues in the future, and grows. They're working with a group at the high school called Student to Student to possibly carry it on. Some of the students from the group were in attendance at the event.
"We're hoping that it continues to something that grows bigger and bigger, and more people can come," Myers said.
Parents are hoping for the same. Caron said the event gave Danny a chance to hang out with friends and dance.
"I think for special needs kids, like for my son Danny, he has a lot of friends and a lot of social connections at school, but he doesn't have a lot to do outside school," she said.
Powers, Myers and Danielson are proud of how the event went.
"Just to know they left that night feeling like they got to have a night for themselves," Myers said.
"We want something like that every year," Danielson said.