Dancing with daddy brings smiles to daughters
Feb 11, 2013 (Lubbock Avalanche-Journal - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Little girls don't stay little long.
Robert Rodriquez is all too well aware of this, and he said he plans on holding onto his daughters as long as possible. This year was the third time he brought his daughters, Mia, 7, and Merrillee, 6, to dance.
"Anytime you can do something like this with your kids, especially your girls, it's special," he said.
The 4th annual Father Daughter dance brought more than 500 attendees to The Legacy Event Center, 1500 14th St., for an afternoon of dancing, twirling and smiling.
YWCA chairwoman Julie Doss said several area businesses came together to make the dance possible once again. The dance had everything from the Raider Red mascot to Miss Texas, DaNae Couch. More than 30 volunteers gave their time to the event.
The Texas Tech spirit squad and the Lubbock High School pom squad also volunteered their time to hang out with the couples.
Olympic alternate and Miss Hub City Dakota Earnest, 19, was on hand to sign autographs and visit with girls. She said if she were still young she would like to attend an event like the dance and meet young ladies like herself.
"I just want to be here to make them smile," she said.
Miss Texas DaNae Couch and Miss Lubbock's Oustanding Teen, Kirrah Powell, 13, also took time to sign autographs and visit with girls. The autograph line never dwindled and frequently snaked around to the entrance.
"It provides a sense of community. It's one of the things that make me proud to live in Lubbock," Doss said.
Doss also said the dance allows fathers and daughters to interact in a way they may have not ever interacted before.
"It's my favorite event of the year," she said.
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