Father-daughter dance

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Father with his daughter at Father-daughter dance

A father-daughter dance is a dance between a daughter and her father. Father-daughter dances are common at wedding receptions in the United States although not all weddings have a father-daughter dance. In situations where a daughter's father is not available, he may be substituted with a man of an older generation, such as an uncle or the father of a close friend. Father-daughter dances are very common at quinceañeras and debutante balls. A common trend in 2018 at wedding receptions is to only have a formal first dance for the wedding couple and party songs; forgoing the father-daughter dance.

At weddings, the father-daughter dance typically takes place immediately following the first dance of a married couple. Sometimes the father-daughter and mother-son dance are combined into one dance. If the first dance takes place upon entry into the reception venue, the father-daughter dance normally happens following toasts and will be followed by the cake cutting.[1]

The song selected for the father-daughter dance normally describes a love between a dad and his daughter. In the mid to late 20th century, popular father-daughter songs included Daddy's Little Girl by Al Martino and The Mills Brothers, My Girl by The Temptations, Isn't She Lovely by Stevie Wonder and Father and Daughter by Paul Simon. In the 2010s, popular father-daughter songs include I Loved Her First by Heartland, My Little Girl by Tim McGraw and Butterfly Kisses by Bob Carlisle.[2]

A father-daughter dance can also refer to an event where girls and their fathers can dance. Many elementary schools have father-daughter dances, particularly on Valentine's Day. While these events are intended for girls and their fathers, some schools allow other people, such as the girls' cousins, brothers and close friends to attend.

Mother-son dances use the same analogy of a son and his mother, although they are not as common as father-daughter dances.

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