My daughter attended her first daddy-daughter dance when she was just four years old. She wore a princess dress and accompanied my husband to North Point Baptist Church’s annual event.

Four years later, she still looks forward to this special occasion every January.

This year’s dance will be at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Jan. 26 at North Point Baptist Church. The proceeds from the event have always benefitted Deer Creek Schools, and this year’s no different.

In the past, themes have ranged from “Under the Sea” to “Frozen,” and for 2019 the theme is an “Evening in Paris.” My daughter and I are on the hunt for a pink and black dress and black beret, and she couldn’t be more excited.

So, what inspired this dance, now in its ninth year? Matt Blagg, worship leader at North Pointe Baptist Church, came from Norman nine years ago, and he saw a need for the annual daddy-daughter event. It has now grown to more than 600 participants, with two sessions.

“We wanted to build a bridge with the community,” Blagg said. “This was a great opportunity to help dads and other father figures show young girls that they are loved and valued. An event like this helps daughters set the bar high when it comes to choosing a life partner.”

He says it’s fun to see dads, stepdads, grandads, and other father figures from all walks of life, including those wearing suits and military uniforms, to those in jeans and cowboy boots. Blagg explains the best part is that all the men care deeply about being a good influence, and it makes for a great afternoon.

Blagg said the point of the dance isn’t to preach or try to get people to church. They simply want to show how much their church cares about the Deer Creek and Edmond communities. Participants will also receive a free ticket to the church’s “Love and Logic” parenting seminar scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10. You can sign up for the daddy-daughter dance by visiting: https://www.eventgroove.com/event/Daddy-Daughter-Dance-31590#/.

Is your daughter not into dressing up? Needing something a little more low key? Here are a few more daddy-daughter ideas:

Have a bowl full of fun — Hit up AMF Boulevard Lanes and teach your daughter how to hit a strike. 

Paint your heart out — Is your daughter a budding artist? Try Paint Your Art Out with an older daughter to chat and paint for a relaxing daddy-daughter date.

See a movie — Pick a fun flick and enjoy a traditional theater experience at Kickingbird Cinema.

Get active — Edmond is home to great parks and recreation. Hit the wooded trail at E.C. Hafer Park, or play Frisbee golf at Mitch Park. If you’re a member of the YMCA, teach your girl your best basketball court moves.  

Chill out together — Lately my daughter and husband have enjoyed skating at Arctic Edge. It’s active too, but with more opportunity to talk.

Your only real assignment? Spend some time with your daughter (I hear they grow up fast!).