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Father-Daughter dance a priceless moment

Photos by Brendan Carl | The Vidette A group of girls forms a conga line during the annual Father-Daughter Dance at Elma High School on Saturday.Buy Photo
Photos by Brendan Carl | The Vidette A group of girls forms a conga line during the annual Father-Daughter Dance at Elma High School on Saturday.
Fathers and daughters do the twist during the ninth annual Father-Daughter Dance at Elma High School on Saturday.Buy Photo
Fathers and daughters do the twist during the ninth annual Father-Daughter Dance at Elma High School on Saturday.
Zoie Richards smiles as she shares a slow dance with her “Papa” Slim Mattox.Buy Photo
Zoie Richards smiles as she shares a slow dance with her “Papa” Slim Mattox.
Maggie Olson lays her head on her father Tyler’s shoulder during a slow dance. Around 400 fathers and daughters participated in the Father-Daughter Dance at Elma High School.Buy Photo
Maggie Olson lays her head on her father Tyler’s shoulder during a slow dance. Around 400 fathers and daughters participated in the Father-Daughter Dance at Elma High School.
Jason Rodgers shares a special moment with his daughter Kylee Anne at the Father-Daughter Dance at Elma High School.Buy Photo
Jason Rodgers shares a special moment with his daughter Kylee Anne at the Father-Daughter Dance at Elma High School.
Kylee Anne Rodgers and her father Jason share a dance during the Father-Daughter Dance at Elma High School.Buy Photo
Kylee Anne Rodgers and her father Jason share a dance during the Father-Daughter Dance at Elma High School.
Fathers and daughters do ‘The Twist’ during the ninth annual Father-Daughter Dance at Elma High School on Saturday.Buy Photo
Fathers and daughters do ‘The Twist’ during the ninth annual Father-Daughter Dance at Elma High School on Saturday.

Preparation, 36 hours. Tickets, $20. A dance with your daughter, priceless.

Jason Rodgers said he spent about 36 hours over two days trying to make the Father-Daughter Dance at Elma High School perfect for his little girl, Kylee Anne.

They went through the accessories, the shoes, the dress.

But it was all worth it for Rodgers and many other fathers for a chance to slow dance with their daughters.

“That kind of stuff kills me, I’m a softy,” Jason said holding Kylee Anne during one of several slow dances. “It is everything. This is the most important thing you do in life is raise your kids.”

It was one of many memories each Dad will never forget.

The ninth annual Father-Daughter Dance at Elma High School drew around 400 people to share a special evening filled with music, dancing and a little ice cream.

The event was split into two dances with one taking place from 4-6 p.m. and another from 7-9 p.m. While many of the girls ranging from 3-years old to the sixth grade headed for the dance floor right away to dance to songs such as “Party in the U.S.A,” by Miley Cyrus or “Live While We’re Young,” by One Direction during the early dance, most of the fathers stayed off the floor until they were prodded by the DJ and “The Twist.” After everyone’s hips were warmed up, the fathers had a chance for a slow dance with their daughters.

“Look at her,” Rodgers said pointing to Kylee Anne who was jumping up and down to “The Fox,” by Ylvis. “She is smiling and loving it.”

The event also gave each one of the girls who are their father’s little princess the chance to have the princess treatment from some dressing like Disney princesses such as Belle, to each receiving a wand and a tiara when they entered the building.

Kayleen Rouska was more than happy to share about her dress choice for the evening.

“It is a Queen Elsa dress,” Rouska said matching her father A.J. Greene’s smile as he held her. Greene went the extra mile in his preparation to match his daughter’s dress, modeled after the character from Disney’s Frozen with a light blue tie with snowflakes.

“I had it circled and I was waiting for it” Green said. “I was nervous, but waiting for it. It is going to be the first one of many. It means everything. We don’t get much time to be around each other so this is awesome.”

The two hours went by quickly, but the special moments will be remembered for a long time.

Todd Grout made sure nothing would stop him from being a part of the event with his 5-year-old daughter Megan.

“I just had neck surgery and I don’t care,” Grout said. “I am still here. Priceless. I don’t think I will ever forget this.”