Excitement Key at Harlem's Daddy-Daughter Ball

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Several father and daughters in New York got a chance to bond over the weekend at Harlem's Daddy-Daughter Ball.

For the little girls, it was like a fairy tale - a night of dresses and dancing in a neighborhood more often known for it's violence and crime.

More than 40 couples took to the dance floor in this Cinderella-like story.

Denise Perry, executive director of the Millennium Dance Company, started the father-daughter ball. She said she wanted to give the girls a chance to take a step back from their rough neighborhood and have a moment to just be a little girl, dancing with their dad.

"Not all the kids come from the greatest neighborhoods and greatest homes. It takes them away for a moment of just beauty and elegance," Perry explained.

"I was so excited, I couldn't sleep last night," one girl said.

"When I was first getting up this morning, I just wanted to put on my dress because I was just so excited," explained another.

Alton Bryant attended the ball with his daughter.

"I plan to be right there in the mix, cheering her on, letting her know dad is here. Dad is present. Dad is here for her," he said.

In preparation for the ball, the girls spent several weeks learning how to dance, including learning the choreography to classic songs like "My Girl" by the Temptations.

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