Third annual All Pointes’ Daddy Daughter Dance coming up this month

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published March 6, 2013

 The daughters have fun during the All Pointes’ Daddy Daughter Dance last spring. This year’s dance takes place March 16 at Grosse Pointe South High School.

The daughters have fun during the All Pointes’ Daddy Daughter Dance last spring. This year’s dance takes place March 16 at Grosse Pointe South High School.

File photo by Donna Agusti

Dads and their daughters are invited to get dressed up and take part in a special evening of fun and memory making.

The third annual All Pointes’ Daddy Daughter Dance will take place from 7-9 p.m. March 16 in Grosse Pointe South High School’s main gym. Each girl will be given a flower during this semi-formal event, and light refreshments, beverages and dessert will be served. The cost is $8 per person or $16 per couple, and registration is being accepted through March 13.

Some of the Pointes used to offer daddy-daughter dances for their own residents, but the cities decided to create the joint event three years ago, and they say it’s even better than the ones they held individually.

“The numbers (of attendees) are increasing,” Terry Solomon, Grosse Pointe Park’s parks and recreation director, said in an email interview. “I think they hear how nice it is and want to make sure to make it.”

Last year alone, she said, almost 450 people registered, including 39 dads and 48 daughters from the Park. Some fathers bring more than one daughter.

Grosse Pointe Farms was one of the Pointes that had long had its own daddy-daughter dance, but City Manager Shane Reeside acknowledged that, while the event was popular, it was limited by space; it typically sold out well in advance each year, leaving some dads and daughters out in the cold.

Although the Pointes have historically worked together in other ways, the combined dance “was one of our first attempts in working cooperatively in the recreation area,” he said.

“It’s proven to be very successful,” Reeside continued. “Instead of individual cities hiring disc jockeys and caterers, by doing it together, we’ve been able to reduce our costs, but more importantly, it’s become more fun because there’s more participation.”

Solomon said the South location has tremendous appeal for the daughters.

“It’s the real deal — that’s where the girls’ babysitters, big sisters and neighbors have their dances,” she said. “Also, the price is right. For $16 a couple, they can dance for two hours, have snacks and drinks, and nobody is too far from home.”

The dance has become a new tradition in many families, and thanks to the spacious venue, there’s plenty of room for everyone.

“For couples who have never attended, I would say wear comfortable shoes, get dressed up, and dads, enjoy the evening with your daughter — your next dance with them may be their wedding dance,” Solomon said.

To register or for more information about the All Pointes’ Daddy Daughter Dance, contact your city’s parks and recreation department. Each city is handling registration and reservations for its own residents. South is located at Fisher and Grosse Pointe Boulevard in Grosse Pointe Farms.