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Daddy Daughter Dance a tradition for South Jeffco families

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By Deborah Swearingen

As soon as the music began, youngsters in fancy dresses made their way to the dance floor, dads in tow.

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Chris Newton and his daughter Juniper were the first to make it there, and they danced hand-in-hand to the tunes of the Temptations. Juniper, decked out in a pink dress and sparkling tiara, stood patiently as her dad fastened an extravagant corsage onto the 4-year-old’s wrist.

For many, the annual Foothills Daddy Daughter Valentine Ball at the Peak Community and Wellness Center is a tradition. It is an opportunity to dress up and spend quality time together, and last Saturday night dads and daughters packed the center to do just that.

This certainly was the case for Brian Lee and his daughters Killian, 7, and Kelsie, 4. The trio swayed in a circle, and as one song faded out and another began, Brian said it was his fourth appearance at the ball with his daughters.

The South Jeffco park and recreation district has been hosting a version of the event on and off for years, and it’s not unusual to see dads and daughters return yearly to enjoy a special night together.

“We see a lot of repeat kids, and it’s so fun to see them grow up, too,” said Regina Smith, Foothills arts and events supervisor.

Pink tablecloths, flowers and candy hearts decorated the tables, where some dads and daughters relaxed and mingled while enjoying light refreshments.

However, the moment DJ Logan Jackman announced a dance-off, most jumped to their feet.

“Dads, we’re going to need your help,” Jackman said.

Dads and daughters battled it out to the well-known moves of the Village People’s “YMCA,” invoking laughter and cheerful yelps from all in attendance.

To Smith, this is the best part of the yearly event.

“It’s a great time for daddies and daughters to come and spend time together,” she said. “Seeing all the dads and daughters together is really just so fun.”

Contact reporter Deborah Swearingen at dswearingen@evergreenco.com or 303-350-1042. Follow her on Twitter @djswearingen.