For $25 a ticket, princesses and the male figures in their life bonded by dancing to the dj's music, eating home-cooked meals and enjoying an unforgettable experience. 

"Fathers are essential to the well-being of their children," Snearl said. "A father's influence in his daughter's life shapes their self-esteem, self image and confidence."

"This organization is very influential in this community's developmental process,"  the organization's director, Clerice Lacy, said of the dance's purpose. 

Hosea Anderson, the chief of police for the town of Maringouin, spoke as a father to a daughter and as someone who worked with juveniles for 12 years. He said that during that time, he noticed that the children he came across did not know their fathers.  

"Regardless of who or what, do not let anything stop you from being in your daughter's life," Anderson said to resonate with the crowd before they danced through the night.

Staff writer

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