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Marysville Parks' father-daughter dance draws record crowd

MARYSVILLE — The fifth-annual father/daughter Valentine’s dance drew such record attendance that, once again, it had to be held on two separate nights, with two dances taking place each night and each dance drawing roughly 200 couples.

The dances are organized through the city of Marysville Parks and Recreation Department, and sponsored by a host of local individuals and organizations. Event co-coordinator Maryke Burgess noted that the Feb. 6 and Feb. 20 dances sold out two weeks before.

On Feb. 6, the Clear Image Photography and Portrait Studio greeted the fathers and daughters by taking portrait-quality photos of them that would be available at the end of the evening. From there, the couples checked their coats, were able to grab punch and cookies, and joined in on the fun.

While group dances such as the Electric Slide and the Hokey-Pokey got almost everyone out of their seats, plenty of dads took the time to teach their daughters some older dance moves by themselves. John Hazelwood and his 7-year-old daughter Courtney threw up their hands for “Thriller,” just as Brian Kalab showed his 12-year-old daughter Amanda how to strut to “Funkytown.”

Alise Fisher’s father had passed away, so her grandfather, Richard Hays, took her and her sister to the event.

“It’s great to be able to spend quality time with your children, or your grandchildren,” Hays said. “I asked them out on a date, and we went to Bob’s Burgers and Brew.”

“It’s a good change of pace to get dressed up and go out together,” said Ernest Samaniego, who escorted his daughter Makenna. “This way, we get to spend some time one-on-one.”

Samaniego had previously attended the dance with his older daughter, and he noted that the “Chicken Dance” was Makenna’s favorite.

Milo Cuesta and his daughter Maddie had attended the dance once before, three years ago, before moving to California.

“It gave us lots of special memories,” said Cuesta, who’s since moved back to Marysville. “This is just a fun event that’s well put-together.”

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