Dance adopts new name

A family-friendly tradition on South Whidbey will had a new name and location for its 18th year.

Previously known as the Daddy-Daughter Ball, the newly branded Family Formal Dance will include dancing fun for all members of the family.

During a South Whidbey Parks and Recreation board meeting last week, Executive Director Doug Coutts announced the changes.

“We are inclusive in behavior, the name just didn’t match that,” Coutts said. “And we didn’t get a lot of that kind of participation simply because it said ‘Daddy-Daughter Ball’ in the title.”

He said there have been requests for a mother-son event. The combination of an all-family event offered a solution.

This year the dance will be held at the Pole Building on the Whidbey Island Fairgrounds. Event organizers hope the new location will provide more space and the later date in the year will allow for some “under the stars” time.

The event is scheduled for 7-8:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 2.

Tickets can be purchased online for $30 per parent and child couple, and $15 for each additional parent or child. Ticket prices increase $5 at the door and space may be limited.

A theme has not yet been chosen for the dance, but more details can be found and tickets can be purchased at