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TTCC's Father/Daughter Dance creates memories for generations of attendees

Isaiah Anderson and his five-year-old daughter Emma were all smiles during their first ever Father Daughter dance at the Tapply-Thompson Community Center. (Photo by Donna Rhodes) (click for larger version)
February 15, 2017
BRISTOL — The 2017 Father and Daughter Dance at Tapply-Thompson Community Center was yet another night filled with memories in the making for the more than 150 people who attended.

A tradition in the Newfound Region for decades, the dance is a night when young girls in grades K-5 can have a special night out with their fathers and their friends.

Organizers said one dad attended the dance every year with his daughter, beginning when she was three-months old and ending when he recently passed away, while another made a nostalgic trip back to the Father and Daughter Dance a few years ago with his 40-year-old daughter.

"There's a lot of tradition involved in this night. People love it," said TTCC's Assistant Director Dan MacLean.

As many of the young ladies checked in at the door dressed in their finest, they received corsages their dads had ordered then moved on to the gym where tables were filled with refreshments and the room was filled with sounds of some of their favorite songs.

Dancing was high on the list of things to do but they also took time to visit with their friends and some even enjoyed a few games of pool or other activities with their fathers.

Volunteers of the TTCC Teen Council helped orchestrate the music last week but for 26 years it was Frank Dolloff who held the role of disc jockey for the event. This time Dolloff instead came as a guest with his nine-year-old daughter Adeline so they could enjoy the night together.

"I used to have her here as a baby with me while I was disc jockeying but tonight we're just having fun," Dolloff said.

Nick Haas and his daughter Emma enjoyed their second Father and Daughter Dance together this year and Haas said it was a night he would never miss.

"This is the greatest dance there is. Who wouldn't want to take their daughter out for a night like this when they get to be treated like a lady," he said.

For newcomers to Bristol, Isaiah Anderson and his five-year-old daughter, also named Emma, it was also a night to remember.

"We're new to the community and never did anything like this before," Anderson said. "It's a nice chance to meet other fathers and I really wanted my daughter's first dance to be with her dad."

Pitching in to make the night sparkle this year was Alexandria mom Nikki Wooster-Goodwin who lent her talents to the decorations at the center.

Moms and their sons are not being slighted though. They will soon be invited to enjoy their own special time together with a fun-filled "Minute to Win It" night out at TTCC.

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