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Daddy-Daughter Dance returns to South Salt Lake for 2017

Feb 03, 2017 11:34AM ● By Brian Shaw

Area residents enjoy a Daddy-Daughter Dance. (Trisha Gold Shaw)

By Brian Shaw | [email protected]


A long standing tradition returns to South Salt Lake for the new year. The city will bring area residents and others another Daddy-Daughter Dance at the Columbus Center from 6 to 9 p.m. on Fri. Feb. 10. 


“This event has been going on for about 15 or 20 years, and we're really pleased to be able to bring it back for another year,” said Myrna Clark, the city's deputy recreation director and event organizer. 


The dance ties itself around that most celebrated of romantic events—Valentine's Day. However, in order to appease the wives and girlfriends the city holds the dance on Friday—leaving everyone to still celebrate the holiday to their heart's content. 


According to Clark, the event has become so popular that other cities have called asking for advice on how to coordinate such an event at their recreation centers. When asked why there is such intense interest in the event, Clark was honest in her assessment of the Daddy-Daughter Dance. 


“You know, I think it's a low-cost, informal event. It all goes back to the investment in events like these that we make to keep people coming,” Clark said. 


She added that even dads who have moved out of the area in which they were raised, often bring their daughters back for the dance. Several years ago, Clark said former residents complained about not being allowed to attend because they weren't current residents, and so the city changed their policy and now allows anyone to come. 


The cost is only $3 per couple or $2 for each additional daughter in the group, an amazing price considering what goes into every Daddy-Daughter Dance, according to Clark. 


With princess activities such as face painting and light costuming, not to mention refreshments, crafts, and photos for a small fee, it's an event dads and their daughters don't want to miss.


For more, call Myrna at 801-483-8076 or email her at [email protected]