Daddy’s girls |

Daddy’s girls

Carolyn Pope
Carolyn PopeKendal and Steve Sego.

There’s a classic song from the movie “Gigi” entitled “Thank Heaven for Little Girls.” Last week, Donovan Pavilion was filled with fathers doing just that. The building was swarming with young ladies dressed in their finest taffeta and lace, holding court with their favorite escort, Dad.

The girls also had the chance to embarrass their dads just a bit, by dressing them up in 1970s boas and afros, and then having a dance contest. They also had the opportunity to share what they love about their dad, from “He tucks me in at night” to “He gives me lots of hugs and kisses.”

The “Father-Daughter” dance, a special event held around Valentine’s Day, is in its eighth year as a fundraiser for Friends of the Dance. This year, the event was open to any young lady who wanted to show off her dad (or the other way around). Chaired by Joanne Moore and Kelly Bontempo, funds raised help young dancers achieve their dreams.

“The dance is geared for 3- to 10- year olds to have a date with their dad,” said Bontempo.

In cooperation with the Vail Valley Academy of Dance, Friends of the Dance provides scholarships for aspiring dancers to take classes and attend academies across the nation.

The older students volunteered their time, and, in trade, received some of the money raised to go into their New York Fund. Each year, the dancers have the opportunity to visit New York, attend master’s dance classes and see some Broadway shows.

“In this community, many girls are sheltered from what a big city offers, so we try to provide that for them,” said Joanne Moore, who has taught at the Vail Valley Academy of Dance since its inception 20 years ago. The Academy was founded by Anne Powell.

The Friends of the Dance supports the artistic and dance community with fundraising, and also gets the word out about dance performances in the area.

For more information on the Vail Valley Academy of Dance, call 926-2820.

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