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Fathers, daughters enjoy annual dance


February 7, 2018 | View PDF

Christopher Andersson

Local father Wes Nielsen, left, and daughter Laney Nielsen dance at this year's Father-Daughter Valentines Dance put on by the city of Marysville on Feb. 3.

Fathers and daughters danced and twirled at this year's Father-Daughter Valentines Dance put on by the City of Marysville on Feb. 3 and 10.

The annual dance at Cedarcrest Middle School gives an opportunity for fathers and daughters to put on their best formal wear and enjoy a night with each other.

"It's going great. We have a large number of returning dads and daughters who are ready to spend time here and dance and have fun," said Andrea Kingsford, recreation coordinator with the City of Marysville.

Many of the fathers enjoy having a special night with their children.

Local father Wes Nielsen said he has been attending the dance with his daughters since the first year of the event.

"It's just a fun thing to connect with my girls that's different than going out to a dinner or a movie," he said.

"It's something more active," he said.

The fact that it is an evening specifically meant for fathers and their daughters helps create a stronger bond between them.

"The dads love the fact that this is their time with their daughter," said Kingsford. "It's their time to let the daughters know how special they are."

It's also a fun time for many of the daughters.

"It looks like a lot of great father-daughter bonding here," said local father Paul Tracy, who was attending the dance for the first time.

"She likes to dance and we like to dance, so this is great," he said.

In addition to the formal wear and Valentine's decorations, there is also a lot of laughter. "They [the daughters] love being able to be silly and twirl and they love knowing it's about them," said Kingsford.

"They love the time with their dads," she added.

The DJ, who the City of Marysville always brings in from Sound Source Seattle, tends to get people dancing as well.

Christopher andersson

Local father Paul Tracy, center background, and daughter Reagan Tracy, foreground, dance at one of the special dance segments at this year's Father-Daughter Valentines Dance put on by the city of Marysville on Feb. 3.

"We have an incredible DJ and he gets all of the daughters on the floor dancing and all of the dads on the floor dancing," said Kingsford.

The event is popular with families and many return to the dance numerous times.

"A large number of our families are returning families," said Kingsford. "The dads get my email and they get registered."

Some fathers have seen their daughters go through their childhood throughout all the dances they have attended together.

"We've had some dads who have been here since our first dance," said Kingsford. "Their daughters grow up coming to the dance and it's become their family tradition."

Kingsford wanted to give thanks to all the local sponsors that help support the event.

Sponsors this year include Gamut 360, Bob's Burgers and Brew, the Marysville Kiwanis Club, Golden Corral, Sound Source Seattle, Clear Image Photography and ProAction Physical Therapy.


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