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Building on success, Portage to host second Dad-Daughter Dance on Feb. 11

February 5, 2019

A year ago, Portage’s inaugural Daddy-Daughter Dance featured toddlers in ball gowns, kid-friendly games and family photos.

Portage Recreation Coordinator Mike Percy said he sees little need to change an event that was a success from the outset.

That’s why this year’s Daddy-Daughter Dance is expected to be very much like the first event, which a year ago attracted about 70 people of all ages to Rusch Elementary School.

“Last year, we had kids show up, and the youngest was about 1 year old, and the oldest was 12 or 13,” he said. “Any age is welcome, just as long as every child is there with an adult.”

Percy had just started his newly created job with the city when he organized the first Daddy-Daughter Dance, held at Rusch on Feb. 12, 2018.

He said he had no idea how many people would show up, and the meager advance ticket sales didn’t bode well.

But about 70 people showed up, and nearly all of them bought tickets at the door.

Attendees don’t have to be just fathers and daughters. Children of any age and gender are welcome, and they can be accompanied by their fathers, mothers, grandparents, caregivers or any significant adults in the children’s life.

Tickets are again available in advance, either at the Parks and Recreation offices, 701 W. Slifer St., or online at portage.recdesk.com under “programs.”

One thing that has changed this year: the ticket prices. At $8 per person, they’re $2 lower than last year.

Percy said that’s because some of the decorations and equipment used last year, such as the helium tank to inflate balloons, are available for reuse this year, so the savings can be passed on to those who attend the dance.

As with last year’s dance, Viking Entertainment will provide dance music and age-appropriate games, refreshments will be served and Fred Galley will be on hand to take photos of each family group in attendance. The price of the tickets includes the photos.

Long-term weather forecasts, however, suggest that little girls should wear their snow boots and carry their dancing shoes to the event.

The National Weather Service is calling, as of Monday, for a 60 percent chance of snow Sunday night.

If classes are canceled in the Portage Community School District on the day of the dance, then the dance will be postponed, Percy said.

“I’m guessing it would have to be a pretty big snowstorm for them to call off school again, after last week,” he said — referring to the subzero weather that resulted in cancellation of classes for four of the five school days.

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