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Posted on Sunday, January 05, 2003 - 04:44 pm:   

The Daddy/Daughter Dance is a nice event. I think it is great that the dads and daughters dress-up for such an event. The dads wear suits (or sportscoats) and the girls wear fancy dresses. Most everyone wears a corsage or boutineer. My husband and daughter have enjoyed attending this event.

I wish the city-sponsored Mother/Son dance was a formal event similar to the Daddy/Daughter dance. Why do the dads and daughters have a chance to dress-up for their dance and the moms and sons wear jeans? On page 23 of the Frisco Fun magazine, all the boys (except for one) are wearing "regular" clothes.

It would be nice to have an event for the Moms/Sons similar to the Daddy/Daughter dance. This would be a great way for moms to teach their sons about dressing nicely and how to interact at a "formal" event.

Would the City be willing to revise the theme of the Mother/Son dance?

Rick Wieland, Dir. of Parks and Rec (Rick)
Posted on Monday, January 06, 2003 - 09:13 am:   

Dear Anonymous,

Thank you for your question and comments regarding two of our very special events that take place each year.

In regard to your question on the dress attire for the Mother-Son dance, we actually did a survey a couple of years ago to some of the participants who attended the first Mother-Son dance to get an impression on how they thought the event went.

One of the comments that continued to come about was the positive aspect of the theme that was used and for the casual aspect of the dance. My impression based on conversations with several of the Mothers was that the boys were much more receptive to attend such a dance knowing that it had a western theme and did not require "dressing up."

Having said this, I would remind everyone that attends either one of the dances during the year that the attire that the parent and child chooses is strictly up to that parent and child. In our Daddy-Daughter Dance, we typically see everything from blue jeans and causual dress to tuxedoes. This has also been the case for the Mother-Son dance.

Our main purpose for either of the dances is to provide an affordable and safe event where Mothers and Fathers can do something very special with their children, without putting too many requirements on them.

I will get with my staff and see about sending a new survey to some of the participants to the last Mother-Son dance to get some input on the theme and the dress requirements. I appreciate your commments and we will continue to do whatever we can to make both dances a continued success.

Should you have any further questions, please feel free to contact me at any time.


Rick Wieland
Director of Parks and Recreation
(972) 335-5517

Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2003 - 02:30 pm:   

Dear Mr. Wieland,

I will agree that the City does a great job by providing these wonderful events for parents and their children.

I do however disagree about your comments about the dress code for the Daddy/Daughter dance. Formal/dressy attire is not required, but on the flyer that my husband received when he purchased tickets it states, "Dress to impress..." My husband also stated that he has never seen anyone wear jeans to this event. He said that he has seen fathers wear sportscoats, suits, or tuxedoes (a few), and the daughters wear dresses (casual or fancy). Plus, anyone can tell by looking at the pictures from the Daddy/daughter dance what type of attire is worn.

In regard to the Mother/Son dance, I can understand some concerns moms might have about their sons not wanting to "dress up." If that is the case, then why not even have a theme at all (the Daddy/Daughter dance does not have a specific theme) and let the people wear what they want. This way, if my son and I want to "dress-up" then we can...and those who don't want to, don't have to.

Maybe you can send a survey to residents of Frisco as well as those who specifically attended last year's event. My son was not old enough to attend last year, but he will be this year. I was prompted to write this e-mail because my husband just purchased his Daddy/Daughter dance tickets, and I remember from the last 2 years of the Mother/Son dances that I whished the theme wasn't a "western" theme. So, why not survey those who might be interested in attedning as well as those who attended last year.

I appreciate the time you take in replying to my concern, as well as the other topics on the message board.

Rick Wieland, Dir. of Parks and Rec (Rick)
Posted on Monday, January 20, 2003 - 12:37 pm:   

Dear Anonymous,

Thank you for your comments and suggestions regarding the two dances that we provide to parents and their children each year.

I can certainly appreciate your husbandís observations when he has attended dances in the past regarding the dress of adults and children. While my observations may differ slightly, I will continue to stress that it is certainly the cityís desire to make either of these events affordable and enjoyable to all. We want parents to come to each event without feeling the pressure of having to conform to specific dress attire. That should be a choice that is made by each family

I believe that our staff works diligently in looking at ways in which to improve each dance and add to the enjoyment for everyone involved. A part of this is examining ways in which we can better communicate the intent of each event.

I appreciate the suggestions that you have brought forth and will pass those along to my staff who coordinate these events. We are actually working on a survey tool that will help us in evaluating both of these dances. Your message just helps to solidify the need for it.

Thank you again for your input and please feel free to contact me or my staff at any time should you have any additional questions or comments.


Rick Wieland
Director of Parks and Recreation
(972) 335-5517

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