Father/daughter dances have become a common, special event in which dads and daughters spend time together. Some are dressy events, with dads in shirts and ties and girls in fancy dresses; others are casual or themed, such as Cole Elementary’s father/daughter luau last March. But whatever the dance dress calls for, attendees will be looking for fun. Moms, get those cameras ready for the “before” pictures. While there is usually a photo booth to capture a snapshot from the event itself, the best parts of the night will be captured in the sweet memories shared by dads and daughters.
My daughter and husband have been attending a father/daughter dance put on by my daughter’s school district every year. I must admit that I might have “nudged” my husband to go the first year. But they both now look forward to it every year. I have pictures of the first dance with my daughter missing her front teeth. Later, I have her with her first pair of glasses. I love hearing the stories of how she got him to dance or put on a silly hat for the photo booth. I know that if I had been there the night would have been different, but I relish in the fact that it was their very own night.
If you are looking to start this tradition or just want to try one out, you might call your child’s school to see if the campus/district hosts such an event. Some churches, YMCAs, municipalities, and even local parks and recreation departments have added these dances to their annual calendars. The Mays YMCA in Stone Oak has been hosted a similar event for the last few years.
If dad is leery of the “dance” portion of the evening, there will be other activities to keep everyone happy. There are usually crafts, games, snacks, and of course, photo opportunities. If there is a particular theme, there may be some additional activities to go along with it. Also, if dad is unavailable, an uncle, grandfather, or any other male role model can step in as an escort.
Because Valentine’s Day is coming up, you might want to keep your eyes peeled to see if one of these events is happening in your area. Sweetheart Dances are a fun theme for father/daughter dances. My daughter’s district always schedules the dance around March. The YMCA and other local gyms often host father/daughter dances in the summer.
Here are a few father/daughter dances that are coming up relatively soon:
Date/time: Saturday, February 1, 2020; 4:00–6:00 P.M.
Location: 110 Golf Course Rd., New Braunfels, TX 78130
Ticket info: Dance ticket: $25/person. Dance + carriage ride ticket: $30/person. Limited ticket sales.
*Limited to students enrolled at Comal ISD.
Date/time: Saturday, February 1, 2020; 5:30–9:00 P.M.
Location: Spring Branch Middle School, 21053 Hwy. 46 W., Spring Branch, TX 78070
Ticket info: Tickets available online only. Dinner + dance: $70 for father and daughter; $30 for each additional child. Dance only: $45 for father and daughter; $20 for each additional child.
Date/time: Saturday, February 8, 2020; 5:00–8:00 P.M.
Location: Hilton Garden Inn Live Oak, 8101 Pat Booker Rd., Live Oak, TX 78233
Ticket info: $15 for Live Oak residents, $20 for non-residents
Chef-selected appetizer bar, DJ, dancing, and more!
Date/time: Saturday, February 15, 2020; 11:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M.
Location: Maggiano’s Little Italy, 17603 IH-10, San Antonio, TX 78257
Ticket info: Space is limited, and tickets will need to be purchased ahead of time. Tickets are $35 for adults and $25 for children.
Hors d’oeurves, dessert, dancing, and a live DJ.
Date/time: Saturday, February 15, 2020; 6:30–9:30 P.M.
Location: Parish Hall, 4603 Manitou, San Antonio, TX 78228
Ticket info: Father and daughter: $25.00; father and two or more daughters: $35.00. Please email [email protected] with any questions.
Date/time: Friday, February 21, 2020; 7:00–9:00 P.M.
Location: Schertz Civic Center, 1400 Schertz Pkwy., Building 5, Schertz, TX 78154
Ticket info: Tickets are available for purchase via eventbrite presale only from January 6–February 14 while supplies last. Tickets are $30 per couple, and each additional family member is $12.