My dad and I have the musical and rhythmical genes in our family, and have always loved to dance together. Some of our favorites when I was small were Paul Simon and Rod Stewart; when I was three we would go in my play room and crank up the music – Forever Young or The Boy in the Bubble - and dance and dance. We exchanged dance moves and laughs for hours and hours on end. These are times that I will never forget.
When it was time for my very first dance recital my parents got me to the auditorium early. My dad took my hand and snuck me on stage before anyone was around. He showed me where I would stand on stage, what I would see when I looked into the crowd, and reminded me not to look at anyone else because he knew I knew all the steps I showed him at home - he and my mom would be out in the audience cheering for their shining star. From that day forward my dad never missed a dance competition or performance. Having him there meant the world to me, and still does.
There are some rare instances when a dad and his daughter get to show off their special connection – as he gives her away at her wedding or during their dance. My dad and I took our own limo to my wedding ceremony so we could talk and savor that time for just the two of us. I’m looking forward to a similar moment at the end of the 2013-2014 dance season when we will take the stage as part of Starpath Dance Academy’s daddy daughter dance. What a thrill it will be to be up there with my dad and my students, young and old, with their dads. It is a moment I can’t wait for.
As you read in my post about my amazing mom, you know that my dad is amazing too. He has always been there to encourage me to do my best and to believe in myself. His confidence in me and guidance throughout the years have allowed me to grow into the woman I am today. Thank you, Dad; for everything!
Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there!