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Dads, daughters prepare to put on dancing shoes

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With a new theme and new location, Nash County Recreation and Senior Services’ 12th annual Daddy-Daughter Dance is expected to be its largest-ever soiree.

The event, which started in 2007, has previously been held at the Nash County Agricultural Center and sells out each year. Thomas Gillespie, director of Nash County Parks & Recreation, said organizers usually have about 250 daddy-daughter couples take part. With the move to Brown Auditorium on the campus of Nash Community College, Gillespie said they will be able to accommodate 50 more couples this year.

This year’s theme, Winter Wonderland, also is a departure from the past. In previous years, the dance has been held in February and has traditionally had a Valentine’s Day theme.

“This has given us a chance to expand, which is good,” Gillespie said. “It gives dads an opportunity to take their daughters to their first formal dance, kind of like a prom.”

Gillespie said even though the dance is geared toward fathers and daughters, any male family member or friend may accompany the girl to the dance.

“We don’t discriminate. We allow girls to come with uncles, cousins or other male figures. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a family member,” Gillespie said.

Gillespie suggests that attendees plan to arrive early, as the event normally fills quickly.

“It does get packed very quickly,” Gillespie said. “Dads should come prepared to cut a rug with their daughters.”

The Daddy-Daughter Dance is for girls ages 5-12. It will be held from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 at Nash Community College’s Brown Auditorium, located at 522 N. Old Carriage Road in Rocky Mount. Pictures will begin at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 per couple and $5 for each additional daughter.

For more information or to register, call Nash County Recreation and Senior Services at 252-462-2628 or register online at https://nashcounty.recdesk.com/Community/Home.