Archive for May, 2014

Dance Dad…The Sequel

Let me make one thing perfectly clear…

I am not a dancer!

Nor will I ever be one!

My daughter, on the other hand, is!

She spends hours upon hours practicing and performing many routines.

To be exact…about ten hours per week in the studio spread out over four days a week. Practice began sometime last August. She also competes, along with her fellow dancers in three competitions in March and April. It’s a big commitment, but it’s something she loves and is pretty good at.

Another thing I want to make clear…

She gets absolutely NONE of her dancing ability from her father!

I consider bending down, putting my shoes on and tying them, a successful dance move! And if there is music playing while I’m doing this…all the better!

I also forgot to mention one thing about my daughter’s schedule…

There is an end of the year recital. This is where the entire studio performs all of their dances in front of an audience of parents, grandparents, relatives and friends!

This year’s recital took place this past Saturday.

Another thing about the recital…

The closing dance is one in which the very talented girls are joined on stage by their less-than-talented DADS!

Yes, for the second year in a row I was taking part in the recital’s “Father/Daughter” Dance!

Or as I like to call it…

Ninety seconds of trying not to become a viral video sensation on YouTube!

Now, us dads did not have months and months to “perfect” our routine. We got together for about five hours over the course of a month leading up to the recital. Early morning practice sessions during which we were barely awake long enough to remember our names let alone remember how many beats we had to move across a stage!

But, somehow we were able to pull it all together and nobody got hurt along the way!

However, just like last year, I was out of town for our last formal practice, which once again led me to run through the routine over and over in my head while watching the recital from my seat in the auditorium!

Now what was I suppose to do? And when?

I spin here, take a knee here, lift my daughter after what?

We did have a “rehearsal” on stage, the night before the show. But it was running waaay late and by the time they got to the dad’s dance…well let’s just say…our first “run-thru” resembled a herd of animals attempting to walk across a frozen pond!

Thank goodness there were no judges to impress! Had there been, I’m quite sure my score would have been something like Flounder’s grade point average in the movie, “Animal House”…


This year’s dance was called, “Game Plan”. It was a football theme. The dads wore football jerseys and the daughters wore tutus.

As for the dance…

I have to say…it went pretty well!

I spun, I twirled, I lifted my daughter. The dads “huddled” up, we formed two lines and in somewhat less than synchronized fashion, we fell one by one face first to the floor and jumped our partner, who was rolling towards us. Then if that weren’t enough to bring down the house…we formed what was suppose to look like an offensive line and our partner dad then proceeded to “leap frog” us “linemen”.

We closed with a dad doing a run across stage, which included two back flips, followed by our daughters taking the stage and us dads joining them for the final segment of a song.

And then it was over!

The best part…

When we were done, my daughter was on my knee and she kissed me and told me that she loved me!

Can’t wait to do it again next year!

Father/ Daughter Dance 2014