The colorful lights were blinking on and off, the music was fast and loud and dancers were moving and shaking in excitement. Flashes were highlighting the room as cell phones were out taking photos of the girls dressed in their fanciest attire.

It was the seventh annual Father-Daughter Dance last Saturday put on by the boosters of the Kidz-N-Motion gymnastics club.

While this event was similar to the one’s in the past, there were a few differences, starting with the gymnastic team members who put in hours of their time to organize, set up and decorate the Moose Lodge.

“Our booster numbers are down this year,” assistant coach Cassie Vaillette said. “We’re down to seven girls on the team.”

“We helped a lot this year,” gymnast Morgan Williams said. “It’s been a lot of work but fun.”

Another new feature of the dance was the opportunity to get photos done with the dads and their daughters.

“It’s the first year that we’ve done the photos,” booster parent Jennifer Adelman said. “I learned some things that I can do differently next year.”

The funds raised from the dance will go toward the regional competition in May in Kansas City, Missouri, according to head coach Erin McPherson.

“If we could raise enough to give the girls $400 each would be amazing,” McPherson said. “It would cover air fare, hotel and meals.”

The gymnastics team has four girls that could potentially compete in regionals so every penny raised will help.

“The community has been amazing with their support,” Vaillette said. “We could not do without the sponsorship from local businesses.”

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