The school dance season is upon us — and it has pupils dreaming about their, well, dream evening. If you’re like Joelle van Niekerk, that involved driving to the venue in an Aston Martin flanked by motorcycles. The Grade 11 Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School pupil decided on this elaborate entrance for her school’s Winter Ball last weekend after her older sister had done so years before her. “My sister did that, and afterwards everyone spoke about it. And now I see everyone speaking about it,” Joelle (17) told The Witness.“Everyone has to wait outside before it starts, and when it was my turn [to enter] they all made so much of noise. It makes everything more exciting and I felt overwhelmed.”But if you’re Keaton Pointer (18), making a grand entrance in a modern car won’t do. The Martizburg College pupil and his partner, Hannah Briggs (17), hired a vintage 1934 Chevrolet Street Rod for their Matric dance last month. Pointer’s mother, Jo, told The Witness: “The big thing for them is how they arrive. Everyone stands around [before the dance] and so it’s quite fun to turn up in a nice car. It was nice for them to stand out. He even lifted her out of the car which was a bit nerve-racking — we had visions of him dropping her,” she laughed. She said they had paid R1 000 to hire the vintage car. “We had a budget, and it’s different with a guy because you don’t have to worry about hair and makeup. So we spent a little bit more with the car.”She added: “It was a once in a lifetime experience. They will have nice memories they will never forget. “It was over far too quickly and they had a magical evening. It was worth every cent.” Durban-based Sky Safaris, which charters helicopters across KwaZulu-Natal, said it gets about 20 requests a year to transport pupils to school dances. Owner Heather Swaisland said, depending on where the client is based, the trip can cost as much as R10 000. “They like to arrive in style in a helicopter. The problem is, you can’t land in residential areas, so … we can only do it where we have permission to land.” She said they also offer a red carpet to be rolled out for clients to walk out on. Mount Edgecombe Limousine Service owner Denzil Maistry said they get about two to three inquiries a week during school dance season. “Basically, they just want to rock up in a limo that has fancy lighting and loud music — it’s a party on the move. It’s not to enjoy the ride, it’s more for the appearance.”He said hiring a limo can cost between R2 000 and R2 500 depending on the travelling distance.