Put on your dancing shoes, dads!

4th annual Daddy Daughter Dance set for June 23
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By CARY HINES, Assistant Editor

Photo courtesy city of Glendale
Madelyn Wagner, 3, and her father, Bryan Wagner, an employee with Glendale’s parks and recreation department, get into the spirit for Glendale’s annual Daddy Daughter Dance, set for June 23 at Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center.

Dads’ dance cards will be filled June 23 as Glendale hosts its fourth annual Daddy Daughter Dance.
The event will run from 7 to 9 p.m. at Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Drive.
Recreation Coordinator Darren Skousen said the dance gets bigger every year.
“It’s going well,” he said. “We grow every year.”
Most cities hold their daddy daughter dances around Valentine’s Day, but Glendale holds its event in the summer so it does not compete with its West Valley neighbors, Skousen said.
“Last year, we had close to 100 people,” he said.
He said attendees need not be residents of Glendale and the admission charge is the same, no matter where dads and daughters live: $10 per person.
The dance is geared toward girls ages 3 to 12, “but we see all ages, I have kids as low as 1 year old up until high school students,” Skousen said.
Skousen said the dance gives fathers the chance to teach their daughters that they should be respected.
“I just think that dads and daughters share a special bond, and it’s one of those things that you want to teach your daughter how they’re supposed to be treated, and it’s your opportunity to be their first date,” he said.
He said he thinks fathers enjoy the dance.
“You see them, they feel proud for bringing their daughters, and their daughters are smiling and having fun, I think the dads love it,” he said.
Skousen is no exception, as he has two daughters, Madelyn, 11, and Makayla, 8, whom he has taken to previous Daddy Daughter Dances, as well as dances at their school and church. He said he can’t give them the attention they deserve at the Daddy Daughter Dance because he’s working the event, but they enjoy helping him.
When asked what they like best about the dance, Madelyn said, “I like the dance contests and hanging out with (dad),” while Makayla said, “I like the free food and dancing to the good music.”
Desserts will be available to put a pep in everyone’s step on the dance floor and a photo booth will allow dads and daughters to capture some memories, all at no additional charge.
New this year, and something that is bound to interest dads, is the 3G Archery Shoot.
“This year, we have partnered with 3G Archery,” Skousen said. “It’s the archery company that runs our Glendale Archery Range (at Heroes Regional Park) and they’re coming out, so dads and daughters will have a chance to shoot real bows and arrows, kind of like a cupid theme, and spend that time together.”
The archery shoot is for ages 5 and older.
Skousen said he encourages attendees to dress semi-formal but the dress code runs the gamut, and everyone has a good time.
“We have a wide range of ways people come dressed, some people come super fancy and all dressed up and some people come in very relaxed clothes,” he said. “They all fit in. It’s just a fun event for everybody.”
The deadline to register for the Daddy Daughter Dance is June 21. To register, visit www.glendaleaz.com or call 623-930-4600.

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