The kitsch and excitement of disco seems to appeal to each new generation of children, sparking a brief fashion trend until they move on to the next new thing. If the children in your school feel the calling to start the disco inferno anew, disco and the 1970s in general can make an excellent theme for a school dance. If executed well, the event is certain to be a hit.
Some of the typical disco clothing from the 1970s includes shirts with wide collars, corduroy or bell-bottomed trousers and platform shoes. If a student is feeling truly adventurous, they can attempt to duplicate John Travolta's famous white suit from "Saturday Night Fever." Fun items to wear as accessories include bright medallions and colourful afro wigs.
No disco-themed party would be complete without a mirror ball. Shine a spotlight on the spinning ball and watch as coloured spots dance around the room. Typical party decorations such as balloons and streamers can complete the dance ambience. A brightly coloured dance floor can add to the appeal if it fits into the budget.
Some of the most popular artists from the disco era include the Bee Gees, Michael Jackson and Donna Summer. Although there are enough recognisable disco hits to more than fill a night with music, you might also consider adding the themes from 1970s television shows such as "The Jeffersons," "Fat Albert" and "Good Times."
Children can be very picky eaters, so you may want to play it safe with refreshments and stock junk food such as pizza and fizzy drinks, which were as popular in the 1970s as they are today. If you want to take it a step further, include fondue and devilled eggs, two foods that people strongly associate with the disco era.
Contests can encourage a little lighthearted competition between students and encourage some of the less receptive individuals to participate in the theme. Hold a dance-off and walk-off to give students a chance to see who has the best disco moves and fashions.