Alongside the infamous mum run and sloppy auntie kiss, the dancing dad is a truly British phenomenon. Bleary-eyed and full of gusto, they wait for their moment – usually an uptempo Bee Gees number– before hitting the dancefloor at any possible social event. There will be sweat, the splits and possibly a strain that will incapacitate them for weeks. But on they soldier, hair slicked back, eyes closed, fingers pointing to the dance god in the sky.
My own father long ago secured his place in the pantheon of dancing dads and will always be the last on the dancefloor. Yet both he and I have suffered in his pursuit of legend. In Paris in the late 80s, he attempted the jumping splits while a pianist played Elvis, ripped his trousers at the crotch and popped his knee. On another occasion, my 8th birthday no less, he pulled out all the stops to emerge victorious in a Worst Dancer Competition in Cornwall. He still has the statue.
To celebrate our love for these heroic disco warriors and unlimited free texts on T-Mobile pay as you go, we want you to guess what our dancing dads are listening to. Over the course of the week there will be four videos of these foot-stomping heroes uploaded to Facebook. You will be able to guess on each video for two days, and you can guess by text for free as many times as you want, for a chance to win a fantastic prize.
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