Tradition of the Father-Daughter Dance
Weddings are a time to celebrate
Dance is a part of that celebration
Make Group Lessons ‘A Family Affair’
By Yvonne M. Cimone
More Than One Traditional Dance
The Father-Daughter Dance is a long standing
custom. Traditionally, this dance came first in the celebration. The
father danced with the bride then presented her to the groom to dance
to the steps of a new life. It was a beautiful way to express the
tender relationship and transitions of the bride and the two most
important men in her life
These days, the traditions are reversed.
The Bride and Groom’s ‘First Dance’ opens the celebration and the
Father-Daughter Dance is second. It can be moving and emotional for
the two dancing and for those watching. Even strong guys will shed a
tear as the realization of the little girl growing up and starting a
new life. With a little thought, practice, and planning…you can help
make this dance all that you wish it to be and a ‘moment to cherish’.
Group Lesson Make Learning Fun-and a ‘Family Affair’
Lessons will make this tradition so much easier and, maybe even
downright fun. The very best part of my job, and I mean this, is
meeting people. This past year, I had a chance to work with some very
wonderful ‘Dads’ for the ever important ‘Father-Daughter’ Dance. They
were a bit nervous, proud of their lovely daughters, and always a
little bashful regarding this upcoming public display of affection and
of their dance skills. My goal is always to put them at ease, and
build their confidence. Within one lesson everyone is more
self-assured and relaxed. When a family makes the time to get
together and includes the mother of the bride and the others who are
in the wedding party-it offers everyone a chance to brush up on dance
skills. This pays off in many ways. The mother of the bride gets to
practice with Dad—and the groom gets a chance to dance with
mom-everyone is prepared.
Several of the brides chose songs to dance to that their fathers had sung to them as children. Watching one dad dance and sing, “Goodnight Sweetheart Well I have to Go”….Priceless! So lovely, so sweet—all I did was give them the steps and techniques that made it all look elegant and effortless. If you don’t have a favorite song memory, then make one. Choice of music can be
serious and touching, lighthearted and fun, classic or contemporary. One father-daughter duo danced to ‘Blue Suede Shoes’ and another to “Rainbow Connection”. ‘I loved Her First’ and ‘My Girl’ are also great choices I have seen, but there are so many more—
A great instructor can
help you choose the
Music & the Moves.
Testimonial from Carrie Grier Marquardt
I can't thank you enough for your expertise in teaching my dad and I how to conquer our Father/Daughter dance. My dad and I not only learned a lot during our lessons but we had a fabulous time and enjoyed many laughs together. I think you gave my dad a lot of confidence when you reference his ability to "jitterbug" in his younger years and referring to his "muscle memory" whenever he would not follow a certain step. It was awesome that you took the two of us and our abilities and put together an unforgettable performance. We had the best time dancing together and it was an event that I will never forget. Thank you so much!