• 45°

Oh, what a night: Good times roll at annual Father Daughter Dance

By Wayne Hinshaw
For the Salisbury Post

The 22nd annual Father-Daughter Dance sponsored by the Salisbury Parks and Recreation Department was another great night for young girls and fathers to spend a special evening together.

The walls of the Civic Center were lined with small white lights and blue and white balloons. The DJ kept the music playing and the red, yellow, green and blue lights twirling and flashing.

Girls aged 4-13 got to dream of this night all year. The girls came dressed up in their very best “dressy dress” or evening dress and most were wearing a flower corsage or a tiara, ready to dance the night away with their father, grandfather or uncle.

This was a night when fathers and daughters got to bond like no other time. Busy fathers devoted the entire evening to their girls, much like going out to a school prom. The girls were electrified with all the special attention. Most who attend always want to come back next year.

Mark Conforti brought his 7-year-old daughter Mia to the dance for the fourth year in a row. Both dressed for the night out with the love for each other glowing on their faces as it did with the other couples. Mia said, “The dance is my favorite thing to do with my dad.” Her father, Mark, said, “We do a lot of things together, but this night is a special night.” Mia was dressed in a Carolina blue and white dress with golden slippers. She had her hair pulled up. Dad had on a tuxedo and a blue and white bowtie.

Mark Koontz was dancing with his two daughters Stella, 12, and Lola, 9. Mark said he had been coming for 15 years. He first brought his older daughter, Alana, until she aged out, but he has continued with the younger girls. Stella reported that this was her eighth year.

Some of the first timers were thrilled with the event. Diallo Finger and his 5-year-old daughter D’asia experienced it for the first time. D’asia was dressed in her black dress and white sweater with her pink purse around her neck. She had bows on her shoes.

Ava Trapp, 11, with her sister Julianne, 8, at her side, said, “I like being out with my dad. I really like to dance too. We dance at home sometimes.” This was her sixth dance with her dad, Jeremy Trapp.

A few other father-daughter couples were Jason Bober and daughter Claire, 6. Chris Beal with daughter Arden, 4. Tony Lindsay brought his goddaughter Nevaeh, 9, for the first time.

The girls enjoyed having their dads spin them on the dance floor. Most of the dads handled the slow dances best, but some fathers kept pace in the newer, faster-paced dances. When the dads got tired and took a break at the refreshment table, the girls kept moving. A line dance that had about 20 girls was weaving around the crowded floor. I’m not sure it was a dance or just a “follow-the-leader train” with some dropping out and new girls jumping in.

As the old song from my youth said, “Oh, What A Night.”

Comments

High School

North Rowan romps into second round of football playoffs

Nation/World

FBI had interviewed former FedEx employee who killed eight

Crime

Gastonia man sentenced for crash into restaurant that killed his daughter, daughter-in-law

Nation/World

Some call for charges after video of police shooting 13-year-old in Chicago

Business

State unemployment rate falls to 5.2% in March

Coronavirus

NASCAR approach to virus vaccine varies greatly

News

Judge rejects Cherokee challenge against new casino in Kings Mountain

Elections

Jackson tops NC Senate fundraising; Walker coffers also full

Local

Kiwanis Pankcake Festival serves thousands of flapjacks for charity

Coronavirus

Rowan remains in state’s middle, yellow tier for COVID-19 community spread

Crime

Blotter: Man faces sexual exploitation charge for images on Instagram

News

Defendant convicted in attempted murder case on the run after fleeing from trial

Business

Downtown Gateway Building to be renamed for late Paul Fisher

Coronavirus

Rowan County COVID-19 data for April 15

Local

Rep. Warren’s bill would prohibit parking in electric vehicle charging stations

Local

Historic Preservation Commission approves Integro Technologies expansion, Paint the Pavement project

Education

Faith Academy, RSS will negotiate over what goes, stays in elementary school

Crime

Teacher killed in Alamance County shootout with Mexican drug cartel

Coronavirus

Bill would give more tax breaks on COVID-19 loans

Nation/World

No response as divers knock on capsized ship’s hull

Local

Quotes of the week

Crime

Blotter: Man found on church property with litany of drugs

Crime

Man charged in connection to 2019 overdose death

Business

‘It’s our big time’: Salisbury Farmers Market reopens Saturday