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Daddy-Daughter Dance brings families together
April 13, 2018

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It was a boot-stomping good time at Dysart-Genesco Elementary school on Saturday, April 7 at the school's second annual Daddy-Daughter Dance hosted by the DG Elementary PTO.

The cowboy clad couples were greeted at the door by Kelli Knoop, who organized the event with help of the PTO and volunteers alike. Corsages were provided to the girls by Simply Blooming in Traer before each daddy and daughter stopped at the western-style photo booth set up by Erica Youngblut Photography. Then, it was game time in the cafeteria, with offerings such as bingo, a guessing game called "Ranch Roundup" and "Chuck the Chicken." As the hour went on, it was time for a slow dance for the families.

"We had a daddy-daughter dance last year as well, but prior to that there has never been an event planned like this before that just focuses on the father/daughters relationship," Knoop said. "Our last event went over so well that we decided to do it again."

To organize this year's event, Knoop researched ideas on Pinterest and decided on a cowboy theme for the dance that was fun and "coordinated with interests" of several of the families. According to Knoop, activities and decor already established quickly fell into place with the new theme and costs were kept down to keep most of the event free for families.

"I feel this is a wonderful opportunity for dads and daughter to do something together and connect, have conversation and fun, even for just a short amount of time," Knoop said. "Many families are busy working outside the home and time is limited to spend with their children, so this gives them something to look forward to and do together."

According to Knoop, 40 girls with their fathers attended the date night, dancing to songs such as Lee Brice's "I Don't Dance", Tim McGraw's "My Little Girl" and Jeff Carson's "Butterfly Kisses". Overall, she felt the event was successful, noticing all the girls left with a smile and were still talking about it at school on Monday morning.

"It's so heartwarming watching dad's hoist up the younger girls in their arms and slow dancing in a bear hug or the older girls being held close and getting hugs after the dance," Knoop said. "It's very touching as a mom to see that moment between a father and a daughter, as my own daughter was attending her last dance this year."

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