The Father/Daughter Dance

We plan to be the next contestants on “Dancing With The Stars”

I try to regulary schedule individual dates with each of my three kids. Therefore, I was extremely pleased when my daughter’s school held a Father/Daughter Dance. My daughter, Nee, was excited too, but she tried to pretend as if it were no big deal.

On the night of the dance, we both dressed in our finest outfits. She wore a lovely black and white dress and I wore a black suit with a red tie. I must admit that we made a great looking duo.

I took Nee to a Japanese restaurant for dinner before the dance. I knew she would object because she is not an adventurous eater and is wary of new experiences.

“Why can’t we just go to a normal place?” she protested.

“It is a normal place,” I said. “Besides, I know you’ll like it. Just give it a chance.”

She mumbled something under her breathe and folded her arms. Things weren’t going as planned. In fact, it was unfolding similarly to my first date when I was a teenager.

At the restaurant, Nee and I got a hibachi table all to ourselves. She relaxed a bit when I told her that the chef was going to do some tricks with the food and with fire. We ordered our meals and the chef went to work dazzling us with his culinary skill. He created a Mickey Mouse with the rice and made a choo-choo train. Nee was most impressed when he made an onion volcano erupt. As we ate, Nee reluctantly admitted that my restaurant choice was a good one and asked to return as soon as we could.

We arrived at the dance in time to get our portrait made and hit the dance floor. The gym was packed with fathers and daughters of all ages and hues. It was great to see so many dads spending time with their little girls. Because of budget issues, there was no DJ. Someone set up a small boombox in the corner and loaded it with a CD of popular tunes. It was hard to hear the music over all of the noise, but we managed to get our groove on.

Whoever made the mix CD, was obviously a child of the 80s because many of my favorite childhood songs made the rotation. When Footloose started playing, another dad and cut footloose. To the horror of our daughters, we did our best Kevin Bacon moves. Both girls screamed in unison, “Stop, Dad! You’re embarrassing me!” I managed to control myself and continued dancing with Nee in a more subdued manner. But of course, all good things must come to an end. As soon as Nee’s friends arrived, I was kicked to the curb. The other abandoned dads and I huddled up in the corner and watched our daughters dance their choreographed routine to Firework.

As the night came to a close, Nee and I danced together one more time. I think the song was “Little Girl’s Eyes.” I cherished the moment as a spun her around and watched her smile light up the room.

Stay Strong,

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Frederick J. Goodall is the founder of Mocha Dad - a parenting website focused on fatherhood. He is passionate about parenting and helping men to be great dads, husbands, and role models. You can contact him at fjgoodall@mochadad.com or on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/mochadad
  1. What a wonderful moment in a special relationship! I love how she came around to your restaurant suggestion.

  2. Hahaha to Footloose dancing! Glad you had a wonderful bonding session with your daughter. Visiting from lovelinks. Love the look of your blog, especially your header.

  3. That’s so sweet! I love how you guys had a date :) Sounds like you had fun and so did Nee (bar the embarrassing Footloose performance, heh). Stopping by from lovelinks.

  4. So sweet. Our local girl scouts had one a few years ago and my husband took our daughter. Mostly the dads just stood around and watched the little girls dance. Way to go Dad!

  5. Aw, this was so sweet. Yes, cherish this. Our three daughters are almost grown and I know sometimes my husband really misses his ‘little girls” : )

  6. Well now!  I wasn’t expecting to CRY over a blog post this morning.  But I am.  Thank you for sharing this special moment. It’s so important to do this with our kids.  Before I blinked, my little princess was all grown up but I still plan to do as much as I can with her.
    Katharina  angelsandmusic[at]gmail[dot]com

  7. How awesome that the “DJ” grew up in the 80′s – some of the best dance tunes ever… too bad you din’t vlog the Footloose footwork. I bet you rocked it!!  I bet Nee is very proud of you :-)

  8. Beautiful, priceless memories. At the end of the journey….that will be what matters. I am happy for you both. 

    *And I don’t feel strong. 

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