Marysville Father-Daughter Dance a roaring success
August 28, 2008 · Updated 8:51 AM
MARYSVILLE It was the hottest ticket in town last weekend and promises to be a longstanding Marysville tradition: the second annual Father-Daughter dance drew a sold-out crowd to Cedarcrest Middle School last Saturday.
From dads wearing tuxes and tails to stretch limousines waiting outside, each father and daughter duo or trio were showing off their moves in an ebullient display of parental affection and pride. The daughters ranged in age from three years to 27 years old, and several fathers brought their entire brood.
Part formal event and part high school prom, this is the second year the Marysville Parks and Recreation Department has held the dance, a bargain at $6 per couple, with $3 for each additional sibling. That covered the dance, refreshments and a portrait of the fathers with each of their daughters, printed, framed and ready to go by the end of each session. There were about a hundred couples at each of the two sessions, with lines out the door as the couples posed for their pictures before heading out on the dance floor. This year the event sold out in less than two weeks, and most folks present made the dance last year too. The parks department had a waiting list of more than 80 names before they stopped writing them down according to one worker.
As disc jockey Canon Snyder spun the old classic Mustang Sally, Lonnie Dotson was twirling his pair of white satin twins around the dance floor, two at a time. A tall, hulking man with a smoothly shaven head, Dotson made the event last year and was Mr. Stamina as he matched his eight-year-olds, Maria and Anna, move for move. During a quick break, Maria explained how she came out of her shell this time.
Last year I just sat at the table and ate chocolate, she said. This time Im dancing more.
Anna loves to cut a rug, and she and her twin quickly pulled their dad out on the dance floor to do the Macarena.
Bill Sheridan didnt have it so easy with his five-year-old, Elizabeth. Early in the evening he was trying to gently coax her out onto the floor, to no avail. The little princess was clinging to a restaurant-style booth for dear life, shaking her head vigorously. An hour later he was doing better, as Elizabeth was shaking her pink dress to the beat, albeit just a few feet from her table.
Just gave it a little time, Sheridan said.
Jon Gramlich of Arlington was there with his two daughters in their vivid red velvet dresses, Alyssa, 10, and Robin, eight-years-old. A software game designer who works in Kirkland, he was lucky to be there, he said.
We wanted to come last year but we didnt know you had to buy tickets in advance, Gramlich said. His progeny had him sweating to the oldies as they spun around the cafeteria floor.
Another Arlington resident, Lakewood School Board president Greg Jensen was there with his beautiful daughter Autumn. The eight-year-old was wearing a red and pink outfit to match her dads red tie.
Its fun, said the father. I learned to do the Electric Slide.
Tony Campbell of the Sunnyside area had the most to host, with four of his daughters present. They included the youngest, 12-year-old Jennifer Campbell, a 2006 Strawberry Festival Junior Royalty member; 15-year-old Samantha; Kirsten Kaufman, 19; and Diana Marshall, 27.
Im honored to be here with my father, said Marshall.
They posed for a group shot and then individual portraits before heading out on the dance floor to do the Electric Slide and the infamous Macarena.
That song is going to be in your heads all night long, warned DJ Snyder after a quick instruction set for the second session. The first group got to do the Hokey Pokey, so maybe they were lucky. Snyder hosted the gig last year and said its one of his favorites.
Its fabulous, I love it, Snyder said between sessions. Thats why I break it up and do some of the interactive stuff.
Terry Roerick would have liked some slower country music, but said he still had a wonderful time as he and his six-year-old daughter Amber got into the slick, black stretch limousine that seats 10 from Absolute Elegance Limos in Marysville. The Roericks are from Stanwood and made the trip just for the dance; they attended the first session.
We had a good time, said dad. We had a lot of fun.
Driver Michelle Border said Amber was probably one of her youngest passengers.
Shes the youngest, I think, in a while, Border laughed as she opened the limo door.
The dance is billed as a good chance for fathers to bond with their daughters and show a softer side. Nevertheless, there was the dad who rushed out the door of the first session, in a hurry to make it to the Everett Silvertips hockey game.