On Saturday, Feb. 24, Neuqua Valley hosted its annual Father-Daughter dance. The dance was held in the main gym of the Birkett Freshman centre, with refreshments, a professional photographer and tables located in the cafeteria.
The theme of the dance this year was “the Wild West,” and both rooms – as well as the hallway connecting them – were decorated with cowboy themed balloons, hay bales and comical wanted posters featuring the Neuqua staff. Each wanted poster had a humorous saying related to the teachers subject. English teachers were wanted for “misusing adjective clauses,” while science teachers were wanted for “unbalancing chemical equations.” Even Dr. McBride and Willie the Wildcat had posters – for “circling the wagons” and “roaring too loudly” respectively.
Kevin Machak, an instructor at Saddle Up – a local line dancing venue, taught guests in the gym before leading the dances to country music.
Refreshments in the cafeteria included cookies, brownies, chips, popcorn and a chocolate fountain with both fruits and desserts for dipping. There was also water and soda to drink. A professional photographer was there to take photos in front of a western-styled back drop, and a game of bags was set up away from the tables.
The dance started at 7 p.m. and ended at 10 p.m. It was fairly well-attended, and everyone seemed to have a good time. At $20 per person, The tickets are on the pricier side, but the dance is enjoyable and certainly well-supplied in food, music, and decorations.
Unfortunately, it is only open to female students. If you are interested in attending in future years, keep an eye out for the announcements. Tickets will be sold online, in the cafeterias at both the Main and Gold campuses, and at the door.
Neuqua students and fathers enjoying the “provisions” in the Birkett Center Cafeteria. Photo by Abigail McArthur-Self
Story by Abigail McArthur-Self