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Cry Me a River
My Daddy Daughter Experience

Paul Henderson

For those of you who don’t know about this incredibly special dance, here’s a brief rundown. When Tiffany opened the studio seven years ago, she told me (I’m Tiffany’s husband) she wanted to do a dance for the dads and daughters to do onstage. She wanted to choreograph a number and teach them a routine to perform at the recital. I thought she was nuts…but I kept that to myself. I thought there was no way that a bunch of dads would get on stage in front of an audience with their daughters and dance. Boy was I ever wrong about that one.

The first year she choreographed a routine to the song “Hero”. People cried.
Next she did Butterfly Kisses for a couple years in a row, then “You Raise Me Up” by Josh Groban, and last year we danced to “I’m Already There” by Lonestar. It was my first time doing the Daddy/Daughter dance because my daughter Halle is only 3 years old.

The dads don’t really have to do much, just wear a dark suit, walk on stage, move here, move there, pick her up here, put her down there, etc…

The daughters wear an all white beautiful dress and their ballet shoes. People cried again last year.

The dance has become so popular with dads and daughters that we had to hire someone to specifically manage the administrative aspect of this dance.

Oh, I forgot to tell you about “The Principals”. As you might know, a principal dancer is the “main” dancer in any performance. Tiffany’s is lucky to have several “Principal” dads, who last year performed the daddy/daughter dance with their daughters in not 1, not 2, not 3, but 9 shows!!! Jerry, Justin, Sean, Vic and Andy – great job!

This year Tiffany’s will have more than double the amount of shows…not because we’ve grown out of control, but because we’ve chosen smaller, more intimate venues that seat fewer audience members.

We want dads to sign up. We really want dads to experience the rehearsal process with their daughters. It’s not terribly difficult, nor embarrassing. When you consider the alternative, which is sitting in the audience next to your wife while the other dads are on stage with their daughters, it’s actually the only smart decision you can make at this point. Unless you enjoy your wife’s elbow firmly planted in your ribs.

By the way, the reason we feel pretty bad about the daddy/daughter dance this year is because of the music we have selected.

Right after last year’s performance I began searching for the perfect song to convey our message about how special and important this time with our children truly is. In a blink of our eyes, this time of our lives will be over, our children will be grown up and off to college or out in the real world. You won’t believe how soon that will happen. I finally found the perfect song after four months of living on i-tunes, Morpheus and Limewire. The super secret music we’ve chosen is perfect and I guarantee there won’t be a dry eye in the house…and if you’re in the audience during the performance of the daddy/daughter dance, you can either cry because your wife’s elbow is in your ribs, or because you missed it.