PHOTOS: Dads and daughters dance together
This year's annual Daddy Daughter Dance "went off without a hitch," according to Community Education Director Monique Squire. Community Ed has held the annual dance since 2013.
That first year, there were 181 dads and daughters.
"It has grown tremendously since then," Squire said.
This year's numbers aren't officially tallied yet, but Squire is estimating there were about 700 dads and daughters present.
"I really felt like it was our best year yet," said Squire.
This year's dance included a few changes based on feedback from last year's dance, including more water containers and reduced time spent in lines.
"Our DJ, Ryan Russel from Showtime entertainment was fantastic, and made sure to play appropriate music for this age group," Squire said. "He threw in the 'Hokey Pokey' and the 'Chicken Dance' to make it a great time for everybody."
Fifty high school and seven adult volunteers helped at the event, doing things such as running a coat check, decorating, scooping some 700 ice cream sundaes, working registration and photo tables, handing out flowers to each girl, and cleaning up.
"The Daddy Daughter Dance is here to stay," said Squire, "it would be tough to find a more 'feel good' event on a cold February night in River Falls."