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Harmony School of Creative Arts’ father-daughter dance builds bonds, memories


KINGSLAND — One of the most important relationships in a woman’s life starts when she’s just a child. It’s the connection between her and her father.

The formation of that relationship can start by enjoying those special father-daughter moments, which is one of the reasons behind the Harmony School of Creative Arts Father-Daughter Christmas Ball on Dec. 8 at Log Country Cove.

“Their father is the first man they love,” said Kathleen VanBerg, the event organizer and Harmony’s artistic director. “A girl will often base the choice of her husband on her father. Child-development specialists for years have been talking about the importance of this relationship.”[box]IF YOU GO
WHAT: Harmony School of Creative Arts’ Father-Daughter Christmas Ball
WHEN: 4-7 p.m. Dec. 8
WHERE: Log Country Cove, 617 Log Country Cove between Kingsland and Hoover’s Valley
COST: $55 a couple in advance and $65 at the door; $15 for each additional daughter
FOR MORE: Call (830) 693-1791, email or visit Harmony School, 1505 Mormon Mill Road in Marble Falls[/box]

One way of fostering that relationship is through spending time together — and making memories.

VanBerg said the ball provides a great opportunity for that.

“A little girl never forgets the special times with her dad,” she said. “We had a Sugar Plum fairy tea last year, which really was something for mom and daughter. When we were thinking about what to do this year, I thought mostly ballet class is usually all about the mother and daughter. The idea of a father-daughter dance was something we could get the dads involved in.”

The ball is a fundraiser for the nonprofit fine arts school, but VanBerg said she and others wanted something that would mean more for the participants than a typical fundraiser.

“We wanted something special,” VanBerg said. “We wanted something they could look back and share with each other for years to come.”

The ball costs $55 per couple in advance or $65 at the door. It’s $15 for each additional daughter. The ticket includes the ball, instructions in the box step and the waltz, music, a photo, holiday treats and a chance at prizes. Fathers and daughters can dance the night away from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Log Country Cove, located at 617 Log Country Cove between Kingsland and Hoover’s Valley.

VanBerg said the Log Country Cove folks have been phenomenal to work with and are planning a very special and memorable venue.

While it’s billed a “father-daughter” event, VanBerg realizes not every little girl has a father in her life or one who can make it Dec. 8.

“If a little girl doesn’t have a dad — an uncle, a brother, a friend, a grandfather, even a mom can come with them,” she said. “It’s about having a special night.”

She pointed out there might even be an over-emphasis on “little” girls.

“I had one woman tell me she was getting her father to bring her,” VanBerg said. “And why not? If my dad were alive, I’d want him to bring me. The biggest girls around can have their dads bring them. To me, that’s a special treat, too.”

It doesn’t matter the age of the “little” girl or her father (or her uncle or grandfather.) What matters is just spending the evening together, dancing and making a special memory.

For more information, call (830) 693-1791, email or stop by Harmony, 1505 Mormon Mill Road.