Picture this: couples wearing corsages dance on a hardwood basketball court to a DJ's music. Balloons and crepe paper decorate the gym.

Bring back memories of your high school prom? Organizers of the upcoming “senior prom” dance, held at the Andover/North Andover YMCA, certainly hope so.

The senior prom, cosponsored by the Friends of the Andover Senior Center, the Friends of the North Andover Senior Center and the Merrimack Valley YMCA will be this Saturday, Nov. 3. The event is a fundraiser for the three organizations, and a chance for folks whose high school prom was decades ago to socialize, dance and have a little fun.

“I’m really looking forward to the music and the DJ. I understand he really gets people out of their seats and out on the dance floor, having fun. I think it’s just going to be a nice social evening,” said Tom Deso, treasurer of the Friends of the Andover Senior Center. “It will be a lot of fun for people to come. We’re doing this to get the word out about the senior center and the friends, and get the word out about what we do.”

Deso said the idea was born from the play on words of “senior prom.” These seniors are not high school seniors, but senior citizens. Organizers are gearing the night for folks over the age of 50, but “we’re not checking IDs” states the flier for the event. The disc jockey, local dance instructor Steve White, will be playing music from the 1940s, ‘50s and ‘60s.

There will be raffles and door prizes, light refreshments and the gym will be decorated with a fall theme. Couples and friends can pose in front of a backdrop for a senior prom photo memento. Also, White will be giving a dance lesson for those whose dance moves might be a little rusty.

Teen leaders from the YMCA have volunteered to help out at the dance, said Jessica Greus, family enrichment director at the YMCA.

This is the first ever senior prom the three groups have planned together, but if it’s a success, they hope to make it an annual event, said Deso.

The event aims to bring together seniors from Andover, North Andover and surrounding towns. Proceeds from ticket sales will be split between the friends organizations in Andover and North Andover as well as the YMCA.

“We’re trying to draw people from all three facilities and provide a good time for everybody,” said Deso. “It will be a good mix of people.”

Whether you missed your high school prom or had a great time and would like to do it all over again, the dance will be “a fun evening for grown ups,” said Deso. “We’re hoping to make it as fun as we can.”

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