Father-Daughter Dance a huge success

Published 1:44 pm Thursday, February 21, 2019

Girls twirled their dresses and dads pumped their fists in the air in Stanford Elementary School’s gymnasium-turned-dance floor as they danced the night away at the third annual Father-Daughter Dance.

The annual Father-Daughter Dance, sponsored by the Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce, was for young girls and their dads or any caring adult male. Grandfathers, uncles or family friends were all welcome.

Hundreds of daughters and their escorts filed through the doors for the latest Father-Daughter Dance. As soon as they led their dates past a Cinderella-inspired carriage in the main lobby, they had the option of having their photo taken by Barbara Ann’s Photography, snacking on an array of refreshments set up at a buffet table in the cafeteria or heading straight to the dance floor.

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The couples dressed up in their prettiest dresses and finest suits danced from 6 to 8 p.m. to tunes played by DJ E-Z-E Tim Estes.

Before the conclusion of the dance, DJ E-Z-E summoned all dads interested in participating in the annual Daddy Dance-Off to the dance floor. About a dozen dads took the challenge to show off their dancing skills. They were asked to perform a series of dances and the two left standing after judges’ eliminations would go head-to-head for the title of Daddy Dance-Off champion.

Phillip Walker and Mike Tillett were the two dads left on the floor, but neither the judges nor the audience could break the tie, so the two were declared co-champions.

According to Chamber Vice Chair Kendra Mitchell, the annual dance keeps bringing in more and more guests.

“We just keep getting bigger and bigger. And that’s a good thing,” she said. “You can see how crowded it is in here. Next year, we might have to move it to the high school.”