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300+ daddy/daughter couples attend annual dance

300+ daddy/daughter couples attend annual dance

By: Courtney Marco, Correspondent 

The relationship between a father and his daughter is a sacred one. 

To help create fun memories for those bonds between fathers and daughters across Central Texas, the Killeen Parks and Recreation department held their 6th annual Daddy Daughter dance last Friday, February 26 from 6 to 9 pm.

“This began as a chance for both fathers and daughters to dress up and enjoy an evening of music and dance,” Denise McGlown, Killeen Parks and Recreation Supervisor, said.

Dads were able to bring their daughters from age 5 to 12 for $50 per couple. $20 extra was needed for any additional daughters and tickets were sold until 8 p.m. on February 19, the last day of registration.

The dance was held at the Killeen Civic & Conference Center and this year’s theme was fire and ice. In the past, they have had themes such as the Roaring 20s, Hollywood, Oscars, and Mardi Gras. They picked fire and ice to “keep the event new and fresh” McGlown said.

Dads and daughters took to the dance floor and grooved to music like Watch Me, Hit the Quan, and Let it go from the Frozen track to the cheers of many. While the daughters were twirling to the songs, the dads’ dancing showed where the girls got their skills from.

Along with a photo booth for $5, they also had a caricatures activity set up by father daughter pair, Stephen Romero and his daughter, for the guests, as well as a portrait option, dancing, and later on a magic show. Dinner was provided by Let Us Do the Cooking Catering Service and was buffet style.

More than 300 father and daughter couples showed up to the event. Some dads brought one daughter and others adopted some for the night because their own fathers could not make it. In one case, JJ Cahall brought his sister, Mara, because their father died last year and they have been coming to this dance every year.

The evening was full of joy and laughter as both the dads and their daughters enjoyed the night. It was a night of success, McGlown said, as it brought together fathers and daughters in a fun and fulfilling way.

For more information regarding future dances or activities dealing with the Killeen Parks and Recreation department, call 254-501-8847 or email DMcGlown@killeentexas.gov.



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