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PHOTOS: Dads and daughters dance together

Joseph, Alyssa, and Aaliyah Moelter were beaming at the Daddy Daughter Dance Saturday, Feb. 10 at River Falls High School. Photos courtesy Lauren Kaminski1 / 5
Dave and Maggie Gerrish dance together at the Daddy Daughter Dance Saturday, Feb. 10 at River Falls High School. 2 / 5
Travis , Sarah, and Grace Haugen stop for a photo at Community Education's annual Daddy Daughter Dance Saturday, Feb. 10.3 / 5
Jaydan and Alan Hanson dance together at the annual Daddy Daughter Dance Saturday, Feb. 10 at River Falls High School.4 / 5
Dads and daughters dance together at the annual Daddy Daughter Dance Saturday, Feb. 10 at River Falls High School. 5 / 5

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."

Gretta Stark

Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.

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