Monday, May 18, 2009

Make 'em Laugh!

I remember several years ago sitting in the audience for one of Rachel's dance recitals and watching the Dads' Dance. They always brought the house down with their routine and I'd be less than honest if I said there wasn't a bit of me that wanted to be out there with them. But I need a big shove when it comes to things like that as I'm not going to run off and get involved on my own.

A few years ago I picked up Rachel outside her dance studio (Brenda's School of Dance) and she had a piece of paper in her hand for me as well as a big smile on her face. The sheet of paper was a request for any interested fathers who wanted to participate in that year's Dads' Dance. Rachel wanted to know if I would do it. there in front of everybody? Rachel's request was the shove I needed. I said I would; there was no way I could tell her no.

It's been three years since my debut with the other fathers and three years since the dads have put together another dance but this year we were back and I think quite possibly as good as ever; at least in the nine years I've been watching.

We've been practicing our steps every Tuesday night for the past two months and more recently we've included an extra practice on Friday nights as recital weekend approached. I'm not uncoordinated but these moves were difficult for me to get down and it wasn't for a lack of trying.

Usually we've got matching outfits to wear but this year the choice was all our own. We were simply told to find something zany and I think we all did a good job of that. I resurrected an Austin Powers outfit Tammy made for me when I played the role for Rachel's 11th birthday party. It was perfect. The photo to the right was taken just before we took the stage for the final time Sunday afternoon.

Make 'em Laugh!


Anonymous said...

Ron and I attended Rachel's dance recital on Saturday evening and we were thoroughly entertained.

Rachel is far and away one of the more talented members of the company and she was a joy to watch. She also helped choreograph some of the troupe's other performances.

As one of the more ... uhm ... limber members of the Dancing Dads, Kevin was chosen to perform some of the more difficult dance moves, and he did so with ease. I haven't laughed that hard in many moons (no pun attended!).

Thanks, Rachel, Tammy, and Kevin for such an enjoyable evening!

Ron and Claudia

John said...

really laughing out loud!

Kevin said...

Limber? I couldn't believe how stiff I looked out there until I saw the video.

I'm glad you all had a good laugh at my expense. I'm only too happy to help.