How to Calm Your Dad's Nerves About the Father-Daughter Dance


The tradition of a father-daughter dance at the wedding reception is an undoubtedly emotional and special moment. But with all eyes on you and your dad, it's hard for him not to get stage fright! There are plenty of ways to prepare even the most skittish father of the bride for this significant moment. Our etiquette experts weigh in on how to assuage the dance-related fears of a nervous father of the bride.

When in doubt about the father-daughter dance, take dance lessons. Practice makes perfect, and what better way to prepare than by indulging in a handful of classes? Your father's greatest concern likely regards disappointing his daughter, and training for your twirl around the dance floor is an excellent antidote to the situation. While perfecting your moves, you'll also be able to spend quality time with your father, making the situation doubly fruitful.

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When booking your first class, search for beginner lessons that focus on classical steps such as the waltz or two-step. The more you repeat the dance moves, the more you'll feel comfortable with the routine. Finally, alleviate your father's fears by communicating that the simple act of dancing with you is all you desire, regardless of how many missteps you both may make during the song.

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