Going to your first disco is a super exciting time. Getting dressed up with your friends and heading out for an evening filled with dancing and laughing sounds like an ideal way to spend your time. But, we understand that it’s not always that simple. If it’s your first disco or event like this, it’s likely that you’re feeling some nerves in the lead-up, and that’s completely natural.
In the end, you’ll likely look back on the night and wonder why you were feeling nervous beforehand so to help ease some of that anxiety we’re rounding up the best advice we have for going into your first disco prepared.
Stick with a friend
Showing up to an important event alone can be really nerve-wracking, to avoid walking in by yourself arrange with a friend or friends beforehand to meet up and make your way together. Once you get inside, it can be easy to lose track of the people you came with too, if you can, try to avoid this.
Have a sort-of buddy system in place with one or two of your friends, head to the bathroom together, and hold hands as you’re moving through the crowd so you don’t lose contact with them. Spending time alone at a social event wouldn’t be too fun, so if you’re feeling anxious make sure your friends know that you’re keen to stick with them for the night.
Kissing isn’t the most important thing
Let’s be real, the main reason that many people go to a disco is so they get a chance to meet someone they’re romantically interested in. It’s an ideal environment for socialising with people your own age and potentially meeting a boyfriend/girlfriend, but try to remind yourself that this isn’t the only goal of the night.
Enjoying yourself and letting your hair down for an evening in between school stress is the best thing that can come from a disco night. If you do meet someone you like? great, that’s a bonus! But just don’t make it your priority. Your friends might all kiss someone but maybe you don’t want to, and that’s perfectly okay. Don’t feel pressured into doing something you don’t feel like doing. On the flip side of that, if you do feel like kissing someone, here are our top tips for getting it right.
Wear what’s comfortable
Of course, going to a disco is the perfect opportunity to wear something you wouldn’t usually wear on a day-to-day basis. If you’ve wanted to play around with your personal style, now is your chance. Just be sure to wear something that you feel comfortable in. If you throw something on just because it’s similar to what your friends are wearing, it’s pretty likely that you won’t enjoy yourself too much. When you feel comfortable it shows, and so wear something that reflects who you are and how you want to project yourself to others.
Plan your night
Chat with your parents or guardians beforehand and arrange how you’ll make your way to and from the venue. Maybe you can carpool with friends, or maybe you have an older sibling who doesn’t mind being your taxi for the night. Whatever your situation, keep your family etc in the loop by telling them the time the disco is over and keeping your phone on you so you can contact them if you want to leave sooner.
Don’t take it too seriously
It can be easy to get caught up in wanting the night to be perfect, seeing shows like Euphoria will make you feel that your teenage years need to look a certain way, but ask any adult ever and they’ll tell you that isn’t true. Try not to sweat the small stuff for your first disco – can’t get the perfect picture for Instagram? doesn’t matter, having a nightmare with your hair? also not important. In years to come, you’ll look back on the night and you won’t remember the dodgy eyeliner you did or the patchy fake tan on your legs, instead, you’ll remember the fun you had with your friends, making memories that will last a lifetime.