Dads and daughters dance
by John DeFoor
Feb 19, 2012 | 2740 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Fathers and daughters get down at the Cartersville Civic Center for the 5th annual Daddy-Daughter Dance.
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Fathers and daughters gathered Saturday evening at the Cartersville Civic Center for the 5th annual Daddy-Daughter Dance sponsored by the Cartersville Parks and Recreation Department with help from local sorority Laureate Alpha Gamma of Beta Sigma Phi.

The dance began at 7 p.m. and featured light refreshments, corsages for the young ladies, opportunities for pictures and carriage rides.

"The nice thing about it is the ability to bond with your daughter while she's still young, while she still wants to bond with her father," said father Mike Reeves who came with his daughter, 11-year-old Carrie. "Pretty soon she'll be growing up and the only time I'll see her at her dances is seeing her leave the door to go be with her boyfriend.

"I think it is a neat thing that the Civic Center is doing to put this dance on," he said. "We've been coming to every one of them. We're been here the last four years. I just enjoy having the time together -- it's special time."

Carrie said she enjoys the carriage rides the event has. "We just ride around in the carriage and it's really fun."

However, with Saturday's rain she feared she might not get to ride this year. "I'm hoping it will stop," she said.

"It just put a little damper on our carriage rides," said Becky Pruitt, the event coordinator. "Because we normally do carriage rides for the girls. They love that, it's just that special moment they get to do."

Despite the rain, the Daddy-Daughter Dance was still able to have the carriage rides later that night.

Pruitt said that the event was sold out with 175 couples attending. "We don't raise any money," she said. "It's just strictly for the [Cartersville] Parks and Recreation Department. We don't make anything that's why its such an affordable cost. That covers everything we have here. We pretty much break even." Each girl also received a tiara at the end of the night.

The DJ for the night was Russell Andrews from Cartersville. "He does a little bit of everything from Miley Cyrus to Justin Bieber to the Allman Brothers for the dads," Pruitt said. "He makes it where it's not all about the girls, the dads have a little bit of input on the music -- trying to mix it up a bit so they can enjoy it."

The event featured various dances including the Cupid Shuffle, YMCA, and the Twist, as well as several contests.

"At the end of the night the DJ will play two special slow songs, something that's a daddy-daughter song," Pruitt said. "That's my favorite part of this event. They get out there and hold their little girls up and just twirl them around-- have that special little moment."