Spain Park hosting first father-daughter dance

Published 5:57 pm Monday, February 22, 2016

Spain Park is hosting the Princess Sweetheart Dance on Feb. 27. (File)

Spain Park is hosting the Princess Sweetheart Dance on Feb. 27. (File)

By MOLLY DAVIDSON / Staff Writer

HOOVER—On Feb. 27, daddy’s little princess can have a night all her own at the first ever father-daughter Princess Sweetheart Dance, hosted at Spain Park High School.

The Spain Park gym will be transformed for a night of fun, dancing and music. Fathers and daughters can enjoy games, hors d’oeuvres and music from a DJ. There will also be a photo booth with fun props available to capture the memories.

Fathers are welcome to bring more than one daughter to the dance. Tickets for the Princess Sweetheart Dance cost $30 for father-daughter pair and $10 for each additional daughter. Proceeds benefit the Spain Park and Berry Middle School wrestling programs

“It’s going to be good,” Spain Park High School wrestling coach Ryan Thompson said.

Although the Princess Sweetheart Dance is a fundraiser, Thompson said his three daughters were the true inspiration behind the dance.

Thompson had taken his two older daughters to father-daughter dances, but when looking for an opportunity to give his youngest daughter the same experience, he found there were no father-daughter-type dances in Hoover.

“I just thought it would be important for fathers to have time with their daughters…let them know they’re important,” Thompson said. “This is a good chance for dads to set aside some time, link up and set aside some time for their daughters.”

The Princess Sweetheart Dance is open to the entire community, and Thompson said the event is not limited to fathers and daughters.

“Anybody’s welcome to come,” Thompson said, adding girls can bring “whoever their male role model figure is.”

Thompson said he hopes the father-daughter event will become a tradition in Hoover.

“It’s a fundraiser, but we try to push doing things that are good for the community,” Thompson said. “In the long run it’ll benefit the community.”