14th annual Daddy Daughter Dance goes 50s themed

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Patrick Healy and Angeline Healy attend the annual Daddy Daughter Dance decked out in the 50's Sock Hop theme on Thursday, April 27.
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DICKINSON -Dickinson's dads and daughters were transported back to the 1950s during this years sock hop themed 14th annual Daddy Daughter Dance hosted by the Dickinson Police Association at August House between Thursday, April 27 and Saturday, April 29.

The annual event brought together young ladies accompanied by dads, uncles, grandpas and loved ones who enjoyed an evening full of food, ice cream, photos and of course boogying on the dance floor.

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Dads and their daughters are all smiles on the dance floor at the annual daddy daughter dance on Thursday, April 27, 2023.
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The little ladies sported everything from puffy pink poodle skirts to grand ball gowns princess tiaras included, their gentleman on the theme in jeans with black leather jackets, suit and tie, or cowboy hats and boots.

While the dates shuffled in, they were surrounded by disco balls hanging from the ceiling, 50s-themed balloons and milkshake party favors covering the tables.

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Attendees stay hydrated as they spend time dancing at the Daddy Daughter Dance on Thursday, April 27.
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The first stop was dinner, of course, then off to snap pictures of the memorable night before the girls got warmed up on the dance floor.


When the time came, the dads were fearless dancing hand in hand with their daughters to Taylor Swift and Hannah Montanna, twirling and spinning alongside them every step of the way.

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A sea of young ladies dance to Disney classics and songs like Baby Shark while they warm up and wait for their dads to join them on the dance floor at the daddy daughter dance on Thursday, April 27, 2023.
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For 14 years the event has been a staple in the Dickinson community and with each passing year not only does it continue to grow, but it continues to provide everlasting memories for families in the community.

One Dickinson dad has been attending the event with his daughters for nearly a decade and has no plans on stopping.

“For eight years the Daddy Daughter Dance has given my daughters and me a beautiful evening of fun that we all look forward to every year, ” Nolan Overton said.

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A dad enjoys a dance with his daughter during the annual daddy daughter dance on Thursday, April 27.
Allison Engstrom / The Dickinson Press

The dance has proven to be so popular that what started out as a single day event has now grown into an event offered across three days. Although despite adding additional days, the well-loved event was still completely sold out this year too.

The Daddy Daughter Dance was sponsored by area businesses including August House, Cash Wise Foods, RG Wild, Service Printers, Simply Flowers and 4 Corners Cafe.

Allison is a news reporter from Phoenix, Arizona where she earned a degree in journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. After college, she worked as a middle school writing teacher in the valley. She has made her way around the U.S. driving from Arizona to Minnesota and eventually finding herself here in Dickinson. She has a passion for storytelling and enjoys covering community news.
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