Non-profit hosts annual dad and daughter dance

STRIKE A POSE: Tony Laing and daughters Maddi and Jade will attend the circus-themed night on Friday, October 13. Pictures: Meg Francis

STRIKE A POSE: Tony Laing and daughters Maddi and Jade will attend the circus-themed night on Friday, October 13. Pictures: Meg Francis

Fathers and daughters will carve up the dance floor as part of this year’s Men In Action’s annual Father Daughter Dance. 

SPIN: Dave Cowling will be twirling daughters Elyssa and Amelia around the dance floor at the Father Daughter Dance.

SPIN: Dave Cowling will be twirling daughters Elyssa and Amelia around the dance floor at the Father Daughter Dance.

Support director Kerrie Sheaves said the annual dance was in its third year. 

“One of the things we noticed through the Bring A Mate process is that there is very little available for dads to engage with their children in meaningful and fun ways,” Ms Sheaves said. 

GRINNERS: Earle and Arielle McDonald will don their dancing shoes for the annual event hosted by non-profit organisation Men In Action.

GRINNERS: Earle and Arielle McDonald will don their dancing shoes for the annual event hosted by non-profit organisation Men In Action.

“Particularly for daughters, because the involvement of fathers in their early life is really important to establishing a good sense of self-esteem. 

“We want to encourage dads to spend time with their daughters and the dance is an opportunity to do that.”

This year’s theme is ‘at the circus’ and everyone is encouraged to dress up and bring their best smile.

“We try to have a theme every year. Last year, it was winter, so we had icebergs and snowflakes,” Ms Sheaves said.

“Come dressed in whatever you feel comfortable but definitely something bright. There will be lots of circus-themed games.”

Tickets cost $23 per person and eligible for daughters (or granddaughters) over the age of five-years-old. 

Ms Sheaves said the event has continued to grow since its inception in 2015. 

“It’s for any dads and their daughters. It’s not just dancing but there’s lots of dad dancing,” Ms Sheaves said. 

“We also try to do lots of different things so there will be novelty games, food and a photo booth. It’s a really fun night for everyone.

This year’s dance is being held during The Hills Mental Health Awareness Month to promote the importance of healthy relationships in preventative mental health for dads and daughters.

Men In Action began in 2009 and is a non-profit organisation focused on providing support networks for men. 

“Our major project is Bring A Mate, which is about encouraging men to spend time together and develop relationships through shared interests and social groups,” Ms Sheaves said.

“We really look at ways we can equip and provide opportunities for men, particularly over the age of 15.

“We lose about four men in The Hills a month to suicide, mostly to life pressures so we really try to encourage men to develop good and solid relationships with other men.” 

The non-profit organisation thanks Patterson Built, Engineering Services, Jarickson, Harcourts, KLH Lawyers and The Fiddle for their support.

The annual Father Daughter Dance will be held at The Fiddler in Rouse Hill on Friday, October 13, 6-9pm.

  • Tickets: eventbrite.com.au/e/bring-a-mate-father-daughter-dance-event-2017-the-fiddler-rouse-hill-tickets-37716298464.
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