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Kids have a ball at YMCA

Participants craft crowns, learn etiquette and how to dance Saturday

Posted: February 24, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: February 24, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Six-year-old twins Reyna and Jenna Green decorate a crown at the YMCA Royal Family Ball Saturday. After crafts, participants took part in a dance.

 

Visitors to the Santa Clarita YMCA got a taste of the royal treatment Saturday night.

As part of the YMCA’s first Royal Family Ball, attendees were offered an array of activities fit for a king or queen: including crafts, dancing and lessons on regal etiquette.

Sharlene Duzick, membership director for the YMCA on McBean Parkway in Valencia, said the event was originally meant to be a father-daughter dance but grew into a larger event as more and more people became interested.

“Besides, everybody likes to dress up,” Duzick said, herself clad in a long gown and a tiara. “And kids should get the chance to dress up more than once a year.”

Duzick estimated that close to 50 children attended the event along with their parents.

Attendees began the event by getting their pictures taken. Children then decorated popsicle-stick picture frames to take home with them.

Kids also decorated their own crowns with glitter and plastic jewels.

However, many of the children came already adorned in their own royal regalia.

Helen Dibene brought her daughters Isabelle and Emily to the event. Isabelle dressed as Aurora from the Walt Disney film “Sleeping Beauty” and Emily dressed as a butterfly.

“They were very excited to dress up,” Dibene said.

Another pair, 6-year-old twins Reyna and Jenna Green, also came to the event in their finest princess attire.

“They love when they have a chance to get all dolled up,” said Alicia Green, the pair’s mother.

“And they have plenty of princess costumes to choose from,” said their father, Bryan Green.

After crafts, the children all gathered for a royal ball, complete with learning how to bow and curtsey as well as dance.

While Saturday’s event was the first of its kind at the YMCA, Duzick said she hopes it becomes a regular occurrence.

“I’m really looking forward to doing this again and seeing it grow and grow as the years pass,” Duzick said.

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