Torrey Hills fathers and daughters looking forward to a special night

By Megan McVay

On Sunday, March 4, from 5:30-8:30 p.m., fathers will suit up in their coats and ties and their daughters will put on their prettiest dresses to attend the second annual Torrey Hills Father-Daughter Dance at the Del Mar Marriott.

Last year, Torrey Hills School joined forces with Carmel Del Mar School to host its first ever father-daughter dance, which brought in 300 guests. After that success, Torrey Hills decided to branch off this year and host its own dance.

“Carmel Del Mar had been hosting the dance for about nine years, and we heard about it and what a success it was, so we decided to create our own,” said Paul Matsumoto, the Torrey Hills PTA chair of events and clubs.

The dance is self-funded through registration money and all revenue from the dance will go to the Torrey Hills PTA. Paul Matsumoto, Clarence Tinney, Steve Kenney and Girish Subramanian have been instrumental in organizing the dance that welcomes all Torrey Hills students, kindergarten through sixth grade. From booking the DJ and collecting raffle prizes to designing the dance t-shirts and hiring photographers, these dads are determined to create a night to remember.

“Last year, the girls raved about how much fun the dance was, so this year we are trying to do the same thing but even better,” said Matsumoto.

Following tradition, the dads will take their daughters to Little Locks, a toy store and children’s hair salon, to get their hair curled before the event. At the dance, the fathers and daughters will enjoy a three-course meal, listen to Torrey Hills principal Barbra Boone speak and, of course, participate in limbo and hula hooping competitions and line dances to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”

All the girls will take home complimentary photos and t-shirts, but only a few will win the fancy raffle prizes, which include a Sony camera, American Girl doll, Geppetto’s toy and Champagne Bakery gift card.

Although the girls might be most excited about the raffle prizes, their fathers are looking forward to spending quality time with their daughters.

“Kids grow up so quickly and they only want to spend time with their dads for a certain amount of time. The dance is a great way for the girls to hang out with their dads and create great memories,” said Matsumoto.

To register for the dance, email Paul Matsumoto at


Carmel Del Mar School will hold its father-daughter dance this year on Sunday, March 11, from 5:30-8 p.m., at the Del Mar Marriott.