Fathers dance with daughters at special Questa event

By Staci Matlock
editor@taosnews.com
Posted 3/6/19

Girls twirled, two-stepped and rocked out with their dads during a Father/Daughter Dance at Questa schools' Alta Vista Gym on Feb. 22.

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Fathers dance with daughters at special Questa event

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Girls twirled, two-stepped and rocked out with their dads during a Father/Daughter Dance at Questa schools' Alta Vista Gym on Feb. 22.

"Many supportive fathers, grandpas, uncles and other family members showed their daughters their love and support," said Santana Santistevan, a Questa teacher whose Community Service class of seventh-graders hosted the event. "There where many prizes, sweet treats, games and lots of dancing."

She said a total of 84 fathers and daughters participated in the dance. DJ Isaiah Ortega donated his time spinning the tunes for the dancers. "When he was not working the music, he was twirling his daughter on the dance floor," Santistevan wrote in an email.

"One of our families has four daughters and Dad made sure each one of the girls had a date [one was the dad, brother, grandpa and uncle] to make sure each one of the girls had some individual time," Santistevan said. "Many of our dads took their daughters out to eat before the dance as well as bought them a corsage."

The idea for the dance grew out of a conversation in Santistevan's class. "Ninety percent of my students for this particular class are male so we got to talking about respecting their female classmates and from there, it took off," Santistevan said in an email. "They did research on the importance of a father being present and the relationship between the parent and child."

"My own daughter and husband were in attendance. I felt it was so important for her so that she knows how she should be treated when she starts to date," Santistevan said. "I loved watching them go to the truck that night as her dad opened the door for her and give her all that one-on-one attention."

Dads with two left feet or who just didn't feel like taking to the dance floor still had plenty of activities to enjoy with their daughters. "We had bowling, pool, bean bag toss and a couple of photo booths and lots of prizes," Santistevan said.

Money raised at the event went to purchase firewood for the family of a student at the school. It also began a drive by the class to help other families with necessities like baby wipes, diapers, blankets and children's pajamas. The drive will continue throughout March. Community members can drop off donated items to the Questa Junior/Senior High School.

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