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Daddy Daughter Dance of Jacksonville
Daddy Daughter Dance of Jacksonville

Daddy Daughter Dance of Jacksonville
“A daughter is the happy memories of the past, the joyful moments of the present,
and the hope and promise of the future”. Unknown

The excitement and fun of this year’s dance will be
remembered by young ladies until the next dance of 2013.
Fueled by great music, classy food, new found friendships,
and unstoppable dance floor action, the Daddy Daughter
Dance keeps getting better.

Daughters, grand-daughters, nieces, step-daughters were
treated to an evening of dancing, photographs, food and
fun. Annually Girls Inc. of Jacksonville ( )
provides this event as a fundraiser; their Spring Daddy
Daughter Dance in the Grand Ballroom of the beautiful and
elegant Hyatt Regency Downtown Hotel. This was an
evening that included a stylish dinner complete with dessert,
rockin and hip music by DJ Dan that kept the dance floor full,
a silent auction and raffle prizes available for the
thousand young ladies in attendance.

All proceeds benefit Girls Inc. of Jacksonville,
a nonprofit organization that inspires all girls to be Strong,
Smart & Bold. Talking to some of the young ladies as my
granddaughter India danced, Makeilah a fifth grade student
in DCPS shared that this gives her and her dad a chance to
get closer because he is so busy with work. Shae chimed in
that her parents are divorced, and the dance helped her
and her dad get closer. This was her first dance and she
was overwhelmed by all the girls.  She wished that girls
whose parents are divorced their dads could bring their
daughters. It is hard being away from her dad and sometimes
her mom does not let her dad come and get her when he
wants to. The dance makes their relationship stronger.

During the dance military fathers were honored for their
sacrifices in defending the safety of this country during
their times overseas or stationed in military units based
away from their families months at a time. The honor of
bringing their daughters to this event that sets high
standards for chivalry, unparalleled fatherly respect for
their daughters and love.

Daughters and dads were dancing on the Grand Ballrooms
dance floor from Hip Hop, R&B, Country, and other musical
genres. The young ladies formed several dance lines that
paraded around the dance floor and formed dancing circles
that spun, twisted and turned creating  scream of happiness
and joy.

Dads that embrace the role and accept the honorable duty
to be a parent of a young lady understand the importance
of a trusting and loving connection that is diametrically
different with sons. Many young ladies shared that this is
the best time they had with their dads and wished more
girls could come next year with their dad or grand-dads.

Crystal came with her step-dad and said at first she did
not want to come with him, but changed her mind and
glad that she did. She said she learned a new fun side of
him that she likes and they pledged to do more stuff like
this together. 

If dads expect daughters to set high standards and high
expectations to be treated with respect and dignity dads
have to display these actions.

The Daddy Daughter Dance accomplishes so much in the
strengthening of relationships between girls and the men
in their life’s. This dance creates the opportunity for dads
or the significant males in a girl’s life to teacher her also
about having high expectations when they consider dating
and future relationships. This is so important to the
building of a young ladies self-esteem and self confidence
in them. As a teacher the value of personal
acknowledgement and high self worth carries young
ladies far in their education and career aspirations.

It is not just a mother’s responsibility to raise daughter’s,
but a dad’s responsibility to help raise intelligent,
high achieving and high self esteemed young women.
The Daddy Daughter Dance accomplishes so much more
than just dancing and eating the benefits creates a
deposit that will continue on for years in the young
ladies that attended and will attend this wonderful
event in the future.

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William Jackson, M.Ed.

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