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Dads and daughters dine and dance

Posted: March 30, 2009 10:21 p.m.
Updated: March 31, 2009 4:59 a.m.
Madison McGivern and her father were crowned as winners of the Waltz Contest. Madison McGivern and her father were crowned as winners of the Waltz Contest.
Madison McGivern and her father were crowned as winners of the Waltz Contest.
My daughters and I look forward to this event every year - we call it the D4, Daddy-Daughter-Dinner-Dance.

This year the father-daughter dance was held on Feb. 27 and the organizers decided to make it a masquerade ball. Big mistake as far as I was concerned, because my twin daughters just watched "The Phantom of the Opera" when they got the announcement about the masquerade ball.

From the time they started choosing the dresses they were going to wear - which is about a week and a half before the event - up until our drive to Sulphur Springs School that night, they kept singing "Masquerade," the song from their favorite scene in the movie.

When we got there, I was amazed at how the PTA moms decorated the multi-purpose hall. For a moment I actually thought I was a royalty from a far-away kingdom.

This is truly "something both my daughter and I look forward to every year," said Joe Armstead. Everyone had a great time.

I actually did not see a single dad on his cell phone that night. Jim McClain said, "It was a magnificent evening, full of fun and excitement!"

It was very well-planned with the girls' enjoyment in mind. It always puts a big smile on my face when I see my daughters doing the chicken dance, which seems to be the staple song for this event.

The contests and games were a lot of fun as well. There was a ballroom dance contest where the winners Madison McGivern, a fifth-grader, and her dad, Ed, were crowned Princess and King for the night.

"She has been looking forward to this and had a great time," Ed said. According to Madison, "I loved dancing the waltz with my dad!"

They did a Macarena dance contest, as well as a Limbo Rock contest where my daughter, Keeli, a fourth-grader, was awarded two movie tickets for winning the contest.

Keeli said, "I really wanted to win so bad so I used a little bit of Tae Kwon Do to get the balance I needed! It was so much fun!"

Kudos to the organizers and Sulphur Springs School PTA for yet another successful father-daughter dance. After all that excitement, my daughters are already thinking of what they're going to wear next year.

Joel Javan is a Sulphur Springs Community School parent.


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