We love our dance moms and dads, but this one is for the men. Kudos to the dance dads who support their ballerina (or hip hopper, or tapper, etc.). Here are the many ways my Dad supported me through the years:
-He suggested music. His love of music from the 50’s and 60’s opened me up to music and artists I had never heard before and fell in love with.
-He created scenery. He drew, painted and created a way to hang very special backdrops.
-He danced with me…on stage! I’m not talking about a cute father/daughter dance when I was three; I was in college. The dance school I was studying at offered the opportunity to dance with your Dad and we had a blast.
-My Dad created special lighting that blinked to the beat of the music for me to use at my performances. He also made special black lights-literally making the ballast and unit that housed the bulbs by hand.
-He was the transporter. We often joke that mom was a taxi driver, well then Dad drove the U-haul. He would bring the props, scenery, costumes, etc.
-My Dad sat through numerous recitals and hours upon hours of dance shows. He also always gave an honest opinion after the performance!
-Now that I am the Studio Director, my Dad still comes to all the shows. He helps sells tickets. He might not be able to sit as long as he used to, but he still comes.
-The best is when my father told me he was proud of me. His approval and his displays of love and support mean everything to me. Thanks Dad! & Love You!
Pictured are the Dads and very special brothers, uncles, etc. that performed in our annual dance recital. They are our superheroes.