15th Annual Father-Daughter Sweetheart Dance

Images from the City of Atascadero's 15th Annual Father Daughter Dance on Friday, Feb. 1. (Photos by Camas Frank)

ATASCADERO — “Dancing In Wonderland,” the City’s 15th annual presentation of their Father- Daughter Dance was held at the Atascadero Lake Pavilion on Feb. 1 and 2.
No “Mad Hatter” was in attendance although the ambiance suggested he may have been about at some point. A few fathers did don cowboy hats and bolo ties for the occasion. The event expanded to two days five years ago as popularity grew and the first night on Friday was again sold out for the under-12s to join dad for a semi-formal evening out this year.

The events are for fathers primarily but can also include uncles, grandfathers, and other positive male figures in a young woman’s life.

For the Wonderland event, DJ Manuel Medina spun everything from “Play that Funky Music...” to “Baby Shark” and set the visual mood with Medina Light Show Designs.

Professional photographer Jimmy De offered picture packages first thing in the door capturing tuxedos and gowns for posterity (and as proof for mom) on sets that were only missing Alice and/or the Cheshire Cat.

The dance is one of the City’s most popular and sweetest traditions, with each little girl leaving with a rose and box of conversation heart candies. Although the little confections have been in short supply this Valentine season, with the bankruptcy of their New England-based distributor, organizers found an off-brand replacement to keep the tradition alive this year.

For some of the Father-Daughter duos in attendance Feb. 1 this marked a sixth-year as a family event before moving on to Saturday’s with the older set.

Styles ranged from sundresses and cowboy boots to evening formal with both wallflowers and social butterflies well represented and entertained.

Tickets started at $31 this year, advance ticket information as next year is planned will be available at 805-470-3360.

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Images from the City of Atascadero's 15th Annual Father Daughter Dance on Friday, Feb. 1. (Photos by Camas Frank)


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