It’s one thing to perform a fun, Father & Daughter Dance at a wedding reception in front of friends & family, have it videotaped and go viral on YouTube while being dubbed “the best Father & Daughter Dance, ever.”
But imagine, a couple of months later being asked to put on the wedding dress and tux one more time to perform it live on national television in front of total strangers in New York City’s Time Square.
That’s exactly what Ashley Richmond did when she and her dad, David Sparks appeared on “ Good Morning America” on November 4, 2011. It was the chance of a lifetime to recreate the four-and-a-half minute, Father & Daughter Dance that surprised every guest at her wedding reception.
Instead of the usual, sentimental dance between the bride and her father, guests enjoyed a well choreographed and rehearsed routine.
Starting with “My Girl,” a Temptations classic, Ashley and her dad rocked the house to a total of 10 different songs, with a robot dance to the signature moves of the Jackson Five’s “I Want You Back” to swaying to Cali Swag District’s “Teach Me How To Dougie.”
While everyone watched in amazement, there was nothing impromptu about the Father & Daughter dance.
“We practiced about twice a week for a month-and-a-half,” Richmond, a Houston-based accountant, said in an interview on “Good Morning America.”
“It was a combined effort,” Sparks said. “I wanted to mix old school with new school, and I was the old school and she was the new school.”
But, their best song pick came at the end of their routine with “Single Ladies” by Beyonce. “We needed a show stopper at the end and that was it.”
And it was also dad who came up with the final pose that saw him pointing to the diamond on his daughter’s left hand.
As I explain to Kansas City Brides & Grooms in “The MAGIC Behind An Extraordinary Wedding Celebration!” workshops, even though videos like these pop up all the time on YouTube (although not all are as well performed), that should not keep them from including an equally fun, Father & Daughter Dance at their wedding reception. Guests are not going to reflect on what they’ve seen on-line in the past. Just listen to the reaction of the guests in the original YouTube video below. They’re into the moment at hand, a dance that is exclusive to the couple performing it.
Do you agree?