Dads, daughters dance the night away in Marblehead

Greg Benner lifts his daughter, Amelie, 6, up in the air as they dance during the Daddy Daughter Dance in Marblehead on Friday. (Spenser R. Hasak)

MARBLEHEAD — Amelie Benner and her father, Greg, went all out on the dance floor Friday night as he swung her around by her arms at the Marblehead Community Center.

“We’ve been excited all week and she has been looking up all sorts of swing dancing videos,” he said.

It was all part of the fun at the 8th annual Daddy Daughter Dance held by the Marblehead Recreation and Parks department.

Fathers, grandfathers, and guardians and their girls filled the gymnasium which served as a fitting dance floor with colorful disco lights and glow sticks lighting up the scene and pink and purple balloons spread throughout the floor.

Father and daughter Kiley and Steve Lewis were also busting some nice moves before partaking in the chicken dance.

“It’s our first time, we’re having a blast,” they said.

DJ Kathy Zerkle led the crowd through a variety of popular dances, games like the limbo, and changed pace with a slow dance several times throughout the night.

“The kids are amazing,” she said.

Taking a break from dancing there was also a build-your-own-cookie table along with other refreshments.

Hazell Wright and Camilla Cross were two of the many girls piling on purple and pink frosting, along with candies, to create a delicious masterpiece.

“It’s my first time at a dance,” Wright said.

Camilla and her father, Joe Cross, were continuing a tradition, attending their third Daddy Daughter Dance.

“It’s nice to get all dressed up and looking nice,” he said. “It’s been amazing so far.”

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