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Fathers, daughters enjoy date night

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Daddy Daughter Valentine Ball features music and special moments

By Ramsey Scott

It was hard to tell who was having a better time on the dance floor: the proud fathers or the beaming daughters.

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Foothills Park and Rec’s Daddy Daughter Valentine Ball on Saturday drew a crowd of fathers who wanted to make memories with their daughters — and to impart some important lessons.

“This is our first daddy-daughter dance. We coordinated our outfits and went all out for the dance tonight,” said Jeff Barrett, who took his 4-year-old daughter, Bailey, to the event. “I thought it would be a good time, and I want to show her how a guy should treat her when she’s older and is in a relationship.”

The dance, held at The Peak Community Center, featured a DJ spinning a variety of music from Katy Perry to some acts the dads didn’t recognize.

Michael Kelly said he and his daughter, 6-year-old Ava, had been to another daddy-daughter dance last year and loved it. So they couldn’t pass up a chance to attend another so close to Valentine’s Day.

“I never had a Valentine’s Day dance before,” Ava said. “I love my dad.”

In addition to getting some one-on-one time with his daughter, Kelly also said it was important to show Ava how a gentleman treats a lady.

“It gives me a chance to show her how she should be treated at a date or a dance,” Kelly said. “It’s really important. When she gets older, you want to trust her to make good decisions. This is one way to make sure she knows how she should be treated and respected.”

Along with those lessons, the dance also provided a special time to enjoy a unique bond while the girls were still in their formative years.

“I know a lot of kids who don’t want to hang out with their parents anymore. And I wanted to do this to hang out with my dad,” said Rhianna Slade, 13.

Russ Slade, Rhianna’s father, said events like the dance give him a chance to enjoy being the only man in his daughter’s life for a little bit longer.

“Kids grow up so fast, and you have to take advantage of every opportunity to spend time with them,” Slade said. “Soon she’ll have a boyfriend and will do stuff like this with him.”

“Nah,” Rhianna laughed. “I’m good on that.”

Contact Ramsey Scott at ramsey@evergreenco.com or 303-350-1035, and follow him on Twitter @RamseyColumbine. Check www .columbinecourier.com for updates.