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Registration open for Father/Daughter Dance


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Joe Mirly, left, and daughter Emma Mirly dance at the city of Marysville's Valentine's Father/Daughter Dance on Feb. 6, 2015.

Registration is now open for the City of Marysville's annual Father/Daughter Valentine's Dance, held across two Saturdays in February.

The dance brings together fathers and daughters of all ages for a night of dancing and spending time together.

The event will be held on Feb. 4 and 11 this year, with two dances each day. The early dance is from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and the later dance is from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Dances are held at Cedarcrest Middle School's cafeteria at 6400 88th St. NE, Marysville.

"This is an amazing time for fathers and daughters to spend together," said Andrea Kingsford, a recreation coordinator for the City of Marysville.

Kingsford called the event a "wonderful night for families" that allows fathers and their daughters to spend some valuable time together.

"This is a way for fathers to show how much their daughters mean to them," said Kingsford.

Fathers and daughters also have a chance to get in their best suits and dresses for the event, and mothers often enjoy helping put together a good outfit, said Kingsford.

"Moms will help their daughters with their hair and picking out a dress and getting them ready," she said.

For many local families the annual dance has become a tradition.

"Some families have come for every dance since we started doing them," said Kingsford. The city has been putting on the dances for 12 years now.

Local photography business Clear Image provides a 5x7 photo taken at the event as part of the ticket price as well.

"Some people have walls with a photo from every year," said Kingsford.

The city brings in a DJ from Sound Source Seattle who has been popular every year, said Kingsford.

"That is a favorite of both the dads and the daughters because of what DJ Canon plays and the dances he brings out," she said, including dance competitions between the fathers and daughters and other interactive dance opportunities throughout the evening.

Registration began Jan. 4 and is required for the event.

"The dances sellout every year, so we encourage people to register now, especially if they have a particular date or time they want," said Kingsford.

"We've already had many people come in or call in to place their registration," she said.

Parents can register online at or by going to the Parks, Culture and Recreation office at Jennings Park at 6915 Armar Road.

Kingsford said she wanted to thank the fathers and daughters who keep the annual event going.

"I always like to thank the families that have participated in the past," she said.

She also wanted to recognize the sponsors who make the event possible, including Bob's Burgers and Brew, Marysville Kiwanis, Pro-Action Physical Therapy, Mimi's Kids, Bouquets of Sunshine, Clear Image Photography and Sound Source Seattle.

More information about the event is available online at


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