Milan Parks and Recreation presents ‘Daddy Daughter Dance’

Eight-year-old Elizabeth Mann is photographed with her father, Eric Mann. The couple attended the “Daddy Daughter Dance sponsored by the Milan Parks and Recreation Department.

Last year Eric Mann balked at getting all dressed up to go dancing, but he couldn’t refuse the invitation of his daughter Elizabeth, when she invited him to the “Daddy Daughter Dance” hosted by the Milan Parks and Recreation Department.  It seems he enjoyed himself so much, there was no hesitation attending this year’s event.

Dressed in shirt and tie he escorted eight-year-old Elizabeth, who wore a dress with a black velvet bodice and pink sateen skirt, to a pre-dance dinner of her favorite chicken fingers at the Milan Grill.

Once at the dance they enjoyed a variety of music provided by disc jockey Max Hull.  Popular dances the group enjoyed were the “Chicken Dance”, “Electric Slide”, Hokey Pokey” and the “Cupid Shuffle”, a  line dance. The young ladies danced to a number of slow dances with their fathers and requests were taken. Still popular this year were songs by pop artist Justin Bieber.  In between dances, the couples enjoyed punch, cheese curls, popcorn and cookies.

Program coordinator Ellen Bell spearheaded the  event that has been held near Valentine’s Day for the past 20 years.  The event is so popular, it has to be held on two consecutive nights to accommodate the more than 100 reservations.  It is one of the more rewarding programs the parks and recreation department sponsors.  Bell said it is nice to see the girls with their dads, “It’s special.”

Each year a different theme is chosen and this year owls were featured.  The girls had their pictures taken  with their partners and it was placed in a frame decorated with owls.  The little ladies also took home a stuffed owl and surprises inside a goody bag that included a necklace, colored pencil, activity book and temporary tattoos.

Elizabeth enjoyed the date night with dad and her mother Christine Mann said, “For our family, it’s a really special evening that Elizabeth gets to spend with her dad.”

A “Mother and Son Dance” will be held on April 12  featuring a  cowboy and cowgirl theme.  Reservations for the hoedown must be in by April 5.  For information on the “Mother and Son” event, call 439-1549.

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