Dancing the night away at Saint John Paul the Great

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How often does someone get to two-step? How often does someone get to two-step with a parent? At Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School in Dumfries, the answer was the annual Father-Daughter/Mother-Son Dance Feb. 7. The dance floor was busy with mothers and sons, as well as fathers and daughters two-stepping, swing dancing and twirling the night away.

With the theme of "Sweetheart Swing," the gym lobby was adorned with floating hearts, a balloon arch and red desserts. The mood was light and jovial but became more emotional when the senior tributes began. Tributes were read to the parents escorted by their seniors, with some slightly tearing up.

"I especially liked writing my senior tribute for my mom and thanking her for everything she's done to get me to this point," senior Paul Fritschner said.

"This event was so meaningful to me because it was a family event," said Stephanie DeRaymond, mother of junior Justin DeRaymond. "In this busy world of teenagers, it was rather nice to have a fun evening with my son."

When asked what her favorite part of the dance was, senior Maria Reese said, "spending a great evening with my dad and friends."

Whether two-stepping, swing dancing or twirling, the evening proved memorable for students and parents alike. As senior Caitlin St. Amour said, "We all had a great time."

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2015