Fathers, daughters dance to Valentine’s Day
The fathers and daughters were lined up to go to the Father Daughter Valentine Dance Sunday afternoon.
The pairs were lined up out the door of Extraordinary Ventures as fathers and their daughters checked in for a bit of fun thanks to Triangle Youth Ballet.
The sparkly dresses and colorful tights of the daughters were a welcome contrast to the suits and ties of the dads.
“It’s adorable,” said Kate Currin, registrar and faculty member at TYB. “It’s a nice way for dads to be a part of their daughters’ dance training.”
Last year’s dance brought about 45 dads and daughters. This year grew to about 65.
“We’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback,” said Currin. “We’ve had lots of positive feedback from the dads. They really enjoy it.”
Originally the idea of TYB’s artistic director Lauren Lorentz de Haas, the dance allows dads to be a part of their daughters’ ballet experience minus the tutus.
“Father-daughter dances are something that’s done in a lot of places,” said Currin. “We’re a dance studio. Little girls like to wear tutus and the dance lets the dads be a part of that.”
Glenn and Isabel Peirce were first-timers at the segue to Valentine’s Day. Before hitting the dance floor, they both were happy they decided to attend.
“I’m excited just being here,” Isabel said.
Glenn agreed, adding that thanks to TYB he didn’t have to try to organize a similar dance at Isabel’s school.
Father-daughter duos took turns in front of the camera as a photographer captured the moment.
A snack table offered Valentine’s Day treats while another offered tiaras and fairy wands for the girls who didn’t bring their own.
Kristina Kumpf and Naomi Anders had on their tiaras and their tutus as they greeted attendees and showed off some of their moves for hopeful ballerinas.
A few mothers and sons were on hand but the fathers and daughters stole the show.
Jim Shank and his daughter Rebecca are a returning pair. Rebecca said that last year’s dance was good because “I was spending it with my dad” as she gave him a hug.
“I agree,” Jim said. “It’s the opportunity to spend time with my daughter. It’s like the one time a year I wear a tie.”