Auburn’s Ty Podeszwa does a dance move with his daughter, Ella. RACHEL CIAMPI, Auburn Reporter

Dads and their special girls dance the night away

It’s a can’t-miss event for Ty Podeszwa and his daughter, Ella.

The Auburn couple have attended the last eight Daddy Daughter Date Nights – a special evening of song and dance – put on by the Parks, Arts & Recreation Department.

The community event – open to dads and their daughters ages 4-10 – has grown so much n popularity over the years that the event spans two nights on a February weekend.

The Podeszwas joined other couples at the Auburn Community & Event Center last Friday. It would be their last dance at the event because Ella, a fifth-grader at Hazelwood Elementary School, has turned 10.

The streak was tested a year ago. The Podeszwas had just landed at Sea-Tac Airport after a two-week family vacation in Thailand.

“We realized the date,” said the mom, Melissa. “We basically raced from the airport to the dance.”

Just in time for dad and daughter – jet lagged and in matching tourist shirts – to crash the dance, step to a few numbers on the floor and take a keepsake photo together at the booth.

The event is fun and worthwhile for many families.

“It’s an opportunity to connect both as a dad and daughter and with the community and have a memory that they can keep for a time to come,” Melissa said.

Justin Wagner joins his daughters, Keira, 8, and Ryleigh, 4, on the dance floor. RACHEL CIAMPI, Auburn Reporter

Jacob Stahl sweeps his daughter, Izzy, 5, off her feet. RACHEL CIAMPI, Auburn Reporter

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