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Cute couples boogie the night away at the Daddy Daughter Dance

SPOKESMAN PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Blake Schellenberg and his daughter Dagny, 25, posed to comemorate the moment at the Daddy Daughter photo booth. The island vibes could be felt radiating off the the Wilsonville Community Center during the luau-themed Daddy Daughter Dance Feb. 24.

Now in its 14th year, the dance was open to girls of all ages and their father figures.

"Each year we pick a theme that allows attendees a chance to dress up and get into the spirit of the event," said Brian Stevenson, recreation coordinator of Parks and Recreation. With this year's Hawaiian theme, most couples came in their finest luau duds while others went with a more formal approach.SPOKESMAN PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Jeff and Sophia, 7, Miller took a break from the action for some refreshments.

For Emily Paul and her dad, Brent, the planning and execution happened weeks in advance to secure tickets to the sold-out event as well as for Emily to get the perfect leis.

"My mom got them for me," Paul said, showing her multiple wrist and neck leis.

Throughout the evening, girls and their dads danced, ate Hawaiian-inspired snacks and excitedly awaited each raffle winner. Avery Nositsky was one of the lucky winners, scoring an assortment of princess-themed prizes. Others won Skyhawks Sport Camp gift certificates, Coach Nics Hoop Camp certificates, gift cards from the Family Fun Center and free games at Wilsonville Lanes.SPOKESMAN PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - David and Maylin, 7, Brogren broke out on the floor with some swing dancing.

When taking a break from the action, pairs lined up for the free photo booth with unlimited pictures, taking skilly and affectionate shots. Most girls ranged in age from preschool to middle school, but Stevenson said that the event doesn't discriminate in age.

"As long as you want to have a fun night out with your dad, we want you there," Stevenson said.SPOKESMAN PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Todd and Lauren, 10, Carroll had fun showing their moves among the other couples on the dance floor.SPOKESMAN PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Anton and Odessa, 6,  Akervall enjoyed a slow dance at Fridays Daddy Daughter dance Feb. 24.