As a kid, there’s plenty of things that Dad would do to embarrass you. From telling his cringeworthy stories to all of your friends to showing public displays of affection, Dad always had a way of embarrassing you - And let’s not forget his terrible dress sense at family BBQ’s!
But let’s be totally clear on this one – ‘Dad dancing’ is an old trick he does that’s guaranteed to make you shudder inside and go as red as a beetroot. It’s actually voted as the most embarrassing trait a father can do in front of his children which is really saying something! (The Independent)
So what is ‘Dad Dancing’?
For those of you who aren’t clear on the term ‘Dad Dancing’, it’s commonly referred to the moment when Dad will dance awkwardly and unfashionably to music. Sounds familiar, right?
Research shows that the majority of people will stop learning any new dance moves over the age of 25. If this is the case for a number Dads across the country, then ‘The Sprinkler’ and ‘The Lawnmower’ will never, ever be defeated.
Of course, this is cause for concern for children across the land who lay witness to such a thing on a Friday night.
Common Sightings of the Dad Dance
The Dad Dance is notorious for coming out at social events and this is usually after a large number of beverages have been consumed.
The most common places that you’ll see Dad busting out some serious shapes are:
- A wedding
- Family BBQ
- Saturday nights
- Pretty much any social event
Of course, each Dad is different – As soon as The Jam – ‘Town Called Malice’ drops on the speaker system, who knows what is going to happen next.
How to escape the Dad Dance
You can’t. Simple. It’s an unwritten rule that you can never stop a man mid-groove – especially your own Dad.
Dads have the unique ability to save their most cringey moments for the most awkward of times. So perhaps you’re in front of someone you like or you’ve just started dating them – You can almost guarantee that Dad will save his best till then.
You just have to embrace the cringe and hope that the moment soon passes or that he slopes off to bed. Or, you could stop worrying all together and get out there and join in the fun!
It’s not so bad after all
Although the ‘Dad Dance’ might be seriously cringey and you might want to run for the hills at the time, Dad is just enjoying himself and probably wants you to join in too.
So remember, next time you see Dad busting out ‘The Robot’ and heckles you from across the room, it’s because he loves you!
Happy Father’s Day everyone!