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How To Have A Memorable Father-Daughter Dance

Apr 28, 2008
The only wedding dance that's more touching and emotional than the happy couple's first dance, is the Father-Daughter Dance. It's an emotional moment that encompasses so much history and so many memories for the father as well as the daughter. A father has just given his daughter away. A daughter has found her prince charming and is beginning a whole new life. Just thinking about it can bring tears to your eyes.

In generations past, when a daughter getting married often meant that she would be moving far away, the Father-Daughter Dance was often the last time a father and daughter had to share a special few moments between them. Even now, with ease of travel and modern communication technology, this dance can be a cherished and bittersweet moment. Whether she's moving across the country or just across town, this dance represents the end of an era for both of them.

As much as your father is happy for you and your new husband and looking forward to this dance for just the two of you, he's also probably a bit nervous about it. He may not have danced in years, he may be worried about stepping on your toes, or he may be worried that the song you chose will be the last straw on an emotional day and he's going to end up crying. Then you'll end up crying, and that is the last thing he wants.

To keep your dad from being even more of a nervous wreck on your wedding day than he will already be, why not bring him in for some special father-daughter dance lessons? By taking some lessons together, your dad can brush up on some rusty dancing skills. The last time he danced may have been at his own wedding, but it probably won't be long before he gets his confidence back. By practicing with the song you've chosen for the Father-Daughter Dance at your wedding, you will both also get a lot of practice hearing it, and can avoid crying quite so much at the actual wedding.

You and your dad will also have a great opportunity to have some fun and share some relaxed time together before your wedding. You both have probably been talking a lot about the wedding over the last few months - the flowers, the cake, the food and the music, but you probably haven't had much chance at all to really talk with each other with all that needs to be done. Going to a few dance lessons, maybe stopping for coffee afterward. It may be just what the two of you need.

When the day of your wedding arrives, you and your father will be able to dance together in such an easy and natural way. You'll each know which step comes next and which part of the song makes you both tear up. You'll be able to relax and enjoy yourselves. It will be a truly touching and memorable moment for both of you, and for all of your friends and family who are looking on.
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