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Dads and daughters dance the night away

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From left, Kam and Sophie Cheung; Charles and Grace Crookenden; Mark, Danielle and Addison Sedlak; and Matthew and Sophie Youngs at the Valentine Daddy/Daughter Dance at East School Saturday, Feb. 8.

Wearing red and pink outfits, 220 New Canaan fathers, grandfathers and their daughters and granddaughters came together for a Valentine Daddy/Daughter dance at East School Feb. 8.

For two hours, surrounded by valentine artwork created by the fourth-graders, they danced to Sean "Big Daddy" McKee's disco.

The girls, some of them at their first dance, ranged from those in kindergarten to fourth grade. They danced to the Macarena, Cha Cha Slide and the Limbo. Snacks included pink and red valentine cupcakes made by some New Canaan mothers, in addition to valentine chocolates.

The Best Dressed Daddy/Daughter was a tie between Matthew and Sophie Youngs and Kam and Emma Cheung. Youngs wore a red-and-black tuxedo with his daughter in matching red dress. Cheung and his daughter wore coordinated pink Hawaiian prints. Prizes included two pink teddy bears.

The drawing for a 42-inch pink teddy bear was won by Addison Sedlak, who was later seen dancing with her bear.

"We expected about 50 to 60 people and were overwhelmed with demand for tickets," Charles Crookenden, the organizer, said. "Clearly, there is pent-up demand for dancing in New Canaan and we may organize one for all the elementary schools next year."

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