COLUMBUS -- Laynee Kracman couldn’t contain her laughter.
She was boogiing down on the dance floor with her partner, who suddenly knelt on one knee to get to eye level so he could dip the 8-year-old.
Laynee smiled wide and giggled at the antics of her partner, who happened to be her dad Todd Kracman.
The pair were just one of many who got their groove on during a father/daughter and mother/son dance held at the Columbus Family YMCA.
The Saturday night event brought out about 70 people.
It was the first time the YMCA held such a dance. It is an effort to create opportunities for families to experience together.
“We are looking to do at least one quality family event a month. We thought this would be a great thing to do, especially around Valentine’s Day. It’s not a thing a lot of families get to do, so it’s extra special,” said Austin Klingenberg, youth program and camp director at the YMCA.
Klingenberg and Ryan Beringer, director of operations, put the dance together for the families.
Along with music provided by a DJ, refreshments were available and parents and their children could have their photos taken together. Roses were also given away.
The Kracmans were having a great time.
“I wanted to dance with my daughter, just have fun. She’s super excited about it,” said Todd, who wore a black shirt and red bow tie to match the colors of his daughter’s dress.
Across the gym, which served as the dance hall, Jason Byrd and daughter Shyanne Byrd, 9, were showing off some fancy footwork.
Jason said he didn’t want to pass up the opportunity to spend quality time with his daughter. He works long hours that takes him away from home, so getting to share the moment with her was important.
Other parents felt the same.
"It's something to do with my daughter, something different. It's giving her the time she deserves," said Luis Arroyo.
He and his daughter, 9-year-old Avianna Arroyo, were performing a number of underarm turns.
Some families made the dance part of a special evening.
The Proroks got dressed up and went out to dinner first before heading to the YMCA.
“It’s family fun time tonight,” said Jason Prorok, who was dancing with his daughter Sami, 8, while his wife Sarah danced with son Taigent, 7.
“It’s fun to find something as a family to do. This came up and it’s been great,” he said.
The dance is one way the YMCA is helping to serve families in the community.
“I think it’s important for families to be able to spend time together especially in very memorable ways. The Y is all about family. That’s why we are the Y and not just a gym. We are here for the families and events for the kids,” Klingenberg said.