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Father and daughter embrace after a fun dance.The Father-Daughter Wedding Dance has long been a part of wedding tradition. According to WedJ.com, the top 10 most popular father-daughter songs, compiled from actual requests are The Way you Look Tonight, My Girl, What a wonderful World, When you Say Nothing at All, How Sweet It Is, Unforgettable, My Wish, Tiny Dancer and Because You Loved Me.

I hate to be negative, but that turn on the dance floor by the father and his “little girl” can sometimes come across as a bit cheesy or sappy. Even though it often elicits sentimental tears from relatives and friends, it probably has been long overdue for some freshening up!

Well ….  lo and behold, it has happened!

Yes, there is a new trend in the father-daughter dance … it has gone from sappy to sensational … from wooden to wonderful … from affected to fun … well, you get the picture! Here’s how it goes: The dance starts off as they typically do with a slow dance to a sentimental tune; however, within a minute in to their dance, the music and dancing stops abruptly … the music goes from ballroom to something with a beat … and the fun begins!

A choreographed routine to such tunes as The Twist, YMCA, and Stayin’ Alive, brings out the fun-loving nature of both father and daughter! The best part is seeing the big hug between father and daughter at the end as they express their joy at their accomplishment. That embrace always makes me teary-eyed! Working on a dance routine together and then being so proud of themselves after presenting it, brings a father and daughter closer in ways a simple ballroom routine just can’t do!

P.S. Don’t tell the groom about it. Let it be a surprise for him, too!

Here are four videos of father-daughter wedding dances to give you some ideas of how to create your own: