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Dancing the night away

Ron Tennant dances with daughters Kaylee (center) and Sara (left).

Even the youngest little girl has a special man in her life that she looks up to, and the 7th annual Daddy Daughter dance at Cedar Springs Middle School last Saturday night was all about celebrating that.
“This event is one of the most special nights of the year for many young girls in our community and the Cedar Springs Area Parks and Recreation Department,” remarked Amanda Gerhardt, Parks and Rec director. “It is a thrill to see the families enjoying themselves and dancing the night away. We want everyone to feel special and we believe based on the smiles we have seen on their faces that we have achieved our goal.”
The dance, held the first Saturday in February, is for girls ages 3 through early teens and their dad, grandpa, uncle, or other father figure. Over 300 people attended this year’s event, which gets bigger each year.
The girls decorated heart cardboard heart boxes, and danced to the music of a daddy-daughter DJ team. They also had the opportunity to buy stuffed animals and t-shirts at the event.

Madelyn and Mackenzie Ranger take a break.

Photos were taken by Shannon Vandehyde and will be delivered to the classrooms at Cedar Springs Public Schools. Over 150 photos from the dance are posted on the Cedar Springs Area Parks and Rec Facebook page, and Gerhardt welcomed people to upload their own pictures to the site.

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