SALISBURY — Ever since she was five years old, Lisa Roberts has attended the Father Daughter Dance at the Salisbury Civic Center with her dad, Kenny Roberts.
This year was no exception. Lisa and Kenny danced and laughed along with about 320 other fathers and daughters at the 17th annual event.
The dance offers dads and daughters a chance to get dressed up, pose for photos and hit the town together.
“It’s fun that we get to bond with each other without my mother and my sisters,” Lisa said.
Now 12, Lisa has one year left to attend the dance, which welcomes girls up to age 13 with their fathers.
The Civic Center was filled with whirling, jumping and sometimes screaming little girls dressed in lace, tulle and rhinestones. Many fathers joined in the fun, dancing to crowd favorites like “YMCA” and teaching their daughters a few jitterbug moves.
Refreshments, arts and crafts and a portrait studio offered a break from the dance floor.
“It’s great,” said Daniel Brucker, who attended the dance for the first time with daughter Candace, 11. “I didn’t think it would be a big turnout like this.”