How to Do a Father-Daughter Dance - 6 Easy Steps (with Video Instruction)

Father daughter dance is a special moment at a wedding but often get overlooked. Many people thought they could simply "wing" it but soon realized how awkward it could feel dancing in front of a big wedding party. Below are a few easy steps to help you get started with your father daughter dance. Enjoy!


1. Choose a Song

Before you learn to dance, begin with finding a song that both you and your daughter like. It could be a song that has special meaning to you, a song that you used to sing to her when she was little, or a song that is simply fun with a great dance beat! It's really up to you. Remember to dance no more than 2 and a half minutes of the song. It's important to keep your father-daughter dance short and sweet. Dancing a minute in front of a crowd can feel like forever especially for novices. If you need help finding a song, feel free to check out these posts below.

10 Classic Father Daughter Dance Songs

18 Unique Father Daughter Dance Songs


2. Learn the Basic

The basic step shown in the video below is perfect for beginners. It is simple to do and work great with a lot of father daughter dance songs. Practice this repeatedly until it becomes second nature to you. 


3. Learn a Spin

Once you get comfortable dancing the basic, you can incorporate a turn or two to make your father-daughter dance more interesting. Watch this video and learn a simple yet elegant right turn.


4. Dress it Up with a Graceful Intro

Before you start dancing, you can simply walk your daughter out to the dance floor and get into the dance position. But if you'd like to dress it up a little, use this intro idea as an inspiration.


5. End with a Picture Perfect Dip

No dance is complete without a fancy dip! Watch this video and learn how to safely and gracefully dip your daughter. Make sure to practice this often and adjust how low you dip your daughter depending on your comfort level. 


6. Have Fun and Enjoy!

Lastly, don't forget to have fun and enjoy the learning process. Dancing with your daughter on her big day is going to be one of the most cherished moments. Don't worry if you made a mistake on the dance floor. No one is judging your dancing skills. Simply smile, have fun and enjoy this lovely moment dancing with your daughter.




Cover photo credit: Modern Wedding Solutions