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Brainerd Father-Daughter Dance just in time for Valentine’s Day

The Brainerd United Methodist Church Preschool second annual Father-Daughter Dance expects to see at least 70 in attendance again this year.

Local fathers and their daughters are welcome to join in the fun Feb. 9.

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Girls dress up in hats to pose for a photo at the 2012 Father-Daughter Dance at Brainerd United Methodist Church. Girls will be able to dress up for photos at this year’s dance Feb. 9 as well.

The night begins with photos at 5:30 p.m. when fathers can dress up in provided leather jackets and daughters can try on hats and scarves. The dance follows from 6-9 p.m.

“It’s funny how letting girls get dressed up promotes their self-esteem,” said Brainerd UMC Preschool Director Emily Nasca. “Their self-worth is increased by a night out with their dads. We feel very passionate to offer opportunities for the whole family at Brainerd United Methodist Church.”

She said the dance will take place in a large ballroom with a DJ creating a fun atmosphere with songs and games. The fathers and daughters in attendance can join in a scavenger hunt, games of musical chairs, relay races, group dances and photo sessions. Also on the dance floor, they can show off their “Electric Slide,” “Macarena,” “Chicken Dance” and “Hokey Pokey.”

In addition, participants can sample fondues, vegetable and fruit platters, egg rolls, quiche and assorted cheese and crackers.

“We have flowers so that fathers can give one to their daughters and daughters can take one home to their moms,” said Nasca.

Her husband Jimmy plans to take their two daughters Olivia, 8, and Sophia, 7, to the dance again this year.

“It’s a good opportunity to spend time with your daughters,” said Jimmy Nasca. “It’s important for them to see how a gentleman should act and treat them. Gentlemen should open doors for ladies and it’s important for them to see how a gentleman should act.”

In addition to the good example it allows fathers to provide, the dance itself is an all-around good time.

“It was great last year. We all had fun with the group dances and playing musical chairs last year,” he said. “I met some of the other fathers that I had not met before.”

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