By Lindsay Starr Platt, Correspondent
Friday and Saturday night at Frank W. Mayborn Civic and Convention Center was a frenzy of activity for the seventeenth annual Daddy/Daughter Dance. Dads were spotted in suits as they danced the night away with their little girls wearing their best gown or dress.
“This is a lot of fun for the dads and girls. One of our favorite events of the year,” said Belinda Garcia, programs coordinator, Temple Parks and Recreation.
The night was packed with activities to enjoy along with the dancing to include a photo booth and caricature drawings. Tickets could also be purchased for the opportunity to ride in a horse and carriage under the moonlight.
“You get to dance with your father and have a good time. You get to see and make new friends,” commented Leila Devalle, age 9, Temple resident.
“This is my fourth year, I will probably come back. Some of the slow songs made me sad,” remarked Veronica Basile, Temple resident.
Extreme Cheer & Tumble were the major sponsors of the dance. The dance is hosted by Temple Parks and Recreation and is nearly a sell out event every year. This year about 900 attended Friday night’s event and almost 1,000 attended on Saturday night. Schlotzky’s sponsored a complimentery dessert for attendees to enjoy.
“We love it! We love being sponsors for this event. We have done it for several years now. We will continue to do it as long as they have the dance,” said Zenobia Oliviares, office manager, Extreme Cheer & Tumble. “We have been sponsoring the event for about three or four years. It went really well this year. My husband used to take my daughter when she was younger. One special thing they did this year was, honor the military dads that came in uniform and honored those that didn’t come in uniform or had served in the past.”
Fathers and daughters enjoyed dressing up and holding props and entering the photo booth for not-so-serious photographs. A professional photographer was also available for hire to capture that precious memory of dad and his girl.
“I like it so much I am coming back tomorrow with my other daughter, Audrey. I got them each a date with daddy and undivided attention,” said Lee Basile, Temple resident. “We used to come every other year, each daughter getting a date. Now, that they do it the whole weekend, they each get a date with me this year.”
Throughout the night attendees had three chances to win door prizes that were donated by Extreme Cheer & Tumble. Prizes included a cheer bow and t-shirt, month free tuition and a crown and an Extreme teddy bear.
“I say she (Lauren Bruce, age 10) comes another eight years. We look forward to it every year,” said John Bruce, Georgetown resident.
The disc jockey nearly played non-stop from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and ended the night with a dance-off pitting fathers against daughters. After the daughters proved they were better dancers than the patriarch in their life. They enjoyed one more slow dance as the night ended.
“It was cool and amazing! My favorite part was dancing “Whip a Nay Nay”, with my dad,” said Belon resident Riley Springston.