Thursday, April 29, 2010

It's Not Your Father's Dancefloor...Or Is It?

Posted By on Thu, Apr 29, 2010 at 4:12 PM

Yesterday morning, I was lingering over my coffee, procrastinating on productivity and listening to the morning show on 94.9 The River. I am a longtime fan of dance trends (I can still do the Macarena) and show hosts Ken Bass and Tim Johnstone caught my attention when they mentioned a new dance craze that is sweeping the nation: Dad Dancing. This dance style is characterized, as the name suggests, by the awkward and cumbersome movements you might expect your father to perform when out on the dance floor. Immediately intrigued, I did some research on the Psychology Today website and learned that the best thing about this freestyle dance form is that anything goes—from high-amplitude, uncoordinated limb-flailing so a simple, wobbly shuffle—so pretty much anyone can do it.

My brother is getting married this summer and I know that I can count on my dad to hit the dance floor at the reception. The good news is that my dad is something of a Renaissance man and has been taking dance lessons regularly now that he's a semi-retired guy. The bad news is that the lessons are for tap dancing.


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