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posted: 2/15/2013 12:07 PM

Des Plaines' dads, daughters enjoy night out at ball

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  • Marissa Levin only has eyes for her father, David, at the Des Plaines Park District annual Royal Ball on Feb. 9.

      Marissa Levin only has eyes for her father, David, at the Des Plaines Park District annual Royal Ball on Feb. 9.
    Courtesy of Lisa Haring

  • Elisa, Adriana and Tara Folino, and Gabriella Piagari, know it's fun to stay at the YMCA at the Father-Daughter Royal Ball on Feb. 9.

      Elisa, Adriana and Tara Folino, and Gabriella Piagari, know it's fun to stay at the YMCA at the Father-Daughter Royal Ball on Feb. 9.
    Courtesy of Lisa Haring

  • Demian and Ella LaPointe waltz at the Royal Ball on Feb. 9.

      Demian and Ella LaPointe waltz at the Royal Ball on Feb. 9.
    Courtesy of Lisa Haring

 
Submitted by Des Plaines Park District

Eighty-three dads and daughters dined and danced the night away at the annual Des Plaines Park District Royal Ball, on Saturday, Feb. 9. The event drew 36 couples to the enchanted evening held in the Royal Ballroom at the Administrative and Leisure Center.

Young princesses and their dance partners strolled down the red carpet, dressed in their finest and were announced by DJ Jeff Parcell. The evening began with catered meal, after which they had their portraits taken courtesy of the Des Plaines Camera Club.

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After dinner, the Des Plaines Park District's in-house dance company, Artistry in Motion, performed several pieces from their upcoming competition season. Then the dads and daughters took to the ballroom floor for an evening of music and dancing that spanned the generations. The most popular songs of the night included Gangnam Style, YMCA, The Chicken Dance, and hits by One Direction. Whether dancing on their fathers' toes or in their arms, every princess knew she was truly "Daddy's Little Girl."

During the evening, the couples also took time out for a series of Minute to Win It games, crafts and coloring.

The princesses ranged in age from 3 to 14, many of who annually attend the Ball. "It's our time to hang out and celebrate," said Paul Folino, father of three.

"We have been coming for years," added Gene Williams, "it's our night on the town."

For information about Des Plaines Park District classes and events call (847) 391-5700 or visit www.DPparks.org.

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