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Guide To Preparing For Your High School Dance In Charlotte

October 18, 2013 8:00 AM

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(Credit: Bethany Clarke/Getty Images)

(Credit: Bethany Clarke/Getty Images)

(Credit: Bethany Clarke/Getty Images)

(Credit: Bethany Clarke/Getty Images)

High school dances are events that you’ll look back on for the rest of your life. So make sure they are memorable. Here are some hints on how to look your best, and some suggestions on places that are teen-friendly and will help you prepare for your big night. Don’t forget to plan the entire evening. Some dinner before the dance and a dessert afterwards can make the night complete.

Find the Perfect OutfitPetal Boutique
1315 East Blvd., Suite 180
Charlotte, NC 28203
(704) 817-8871
www.shoppetal.comThis trendy shop in Dilworth stocks a mix of high-end and more affordable brands, including Frock by Tracy Reese, Alice & Trixie, Shoshanna, Glam, Citizens of Humanity, LA Clothing, and Greylin. The racks are stocked with lots of fun dresses and tops that would look great at a dance, as well as attractive shoes and other accessories. For girls on a budget, there’s a special section of fashion all priced at under $100. And the sales here are great.

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Polish Your LookCharles Grayson Salon & Spa
Specialty Shops on the Park
6401 Morrison Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28211
(704) 364-2944
Prepare for your special night with a day of beauty at one of Charlotte’s top day spas, the first in the world to be named the Best International Day Spa of the Year by Spa Management Magazine. Grayson’s Teen Spa Sampler, priced at $200, has everything you’ll need to get you ready to party. The package includes a special teen facial and skin analysis to help head off any breakouts, paraffin hand and foot treatments and a special manicure and pedicure tailored to the season. If you’re running late, the spa offers express services that will have you out the door looking great in no time, and at a budget-friendly price.

Go for Great HairFlirt, The Salon
2201 Park Road
Charlotte, NC 28203
(980) 207-2836
www.flirthairstudio.comThis salon, tucked into an upstairs loft in Dilworth, specializes in the latest styles and trends, from short precision clips to long curls. The stylists are experts at the latest color treatments as well, and can improve your look with ombre highlights, French hair painting, color washes or a color gloss for that special evening. To look your best, make an appointment just before the big night for a quick style and blow-out. Flirt also offers men’s hair styling, in all the latest looks, and Brazilian blowouts to tame frizz.

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Plan a Pre-Dance DinnerBad Daddy’s Burger Bar
1626 East Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28203
(704) 714-4888
www.baddaddysburgerbar.comBad Daddy’s is the perfect choice for a special dinner when you want something really good, but familiar and not too expensive. The restaurant has won many awards for its burgers and hand-spun milkshakes, and makes everything that comes out of the kitchen from scratch. Burgers come in many varieties, including beef, bison, chicken, turkey, tuna and a juicy beef and bacon blend, plus several vegetarian versions, all with your choice of toppings. There’s a special gluten-free menu for those with food allergies. And with additional locations in Birkdale Village and Ballantyne, as well as the original in Dilworth, there’s bound to be a Bad Daddy’s close to your dance.

Make an Evening of ItAmelie’s A French Bakery
2424 N. Davidson St., Suite 102
Charlotte, NC 28205
(704) 376-1781
www.ameliesfrenchbakery.comAfter the dance is over, you may not be ready to call it a night. Amelie’s in NoDa makes the perfect post-dance destination, with a wide variety of coffee, tea and other non-alcoholic beverages, plus the best dessert selection in town. You and your friends can gather around one of the café’s large tables to play a board game, or use the free wifi to tweet pictures of the dance. Best of all, Amelie’s is open 24 hours a day, so you can party until dawn—if the parental units give the okay.

With 15 years of experience covering restaurants in Charlotte and the Carolinas, and two regional guidebooks under her belt, Renee Wright examines the dining scene with enthusiasm plus a deep knowledge of food trends and outstanding local eating ops. Her work can be found at

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