Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Dancin' Daughter (and her Dad)

I have an awesome daughter who is one of the greatest and most kind-hearted people on the planet. I'm not sure that it's possible for a father to be more proud of someone and her accomplishments as I am of her. She is a senior in high school and is in her third year of being on the drill team. For those of you not in Texas, this is a BIG deal (just ask my wallet). These are the girls that wear the cowboy-style hats and do the high kick routines at football games and then perform at other events and competitions throughout the year. Her high school team has about 50 girls from sophomores to seniors, and they are absolutely awesome, having won various team and individual awards at competitions.

Each year, they put on a big spring show that runs for 3 nights in April. Their instructor is an awesome lady, former Broadway performer, and extremely enthusiastic. She loves getting everyone involved in what the girls are doing... enter the Dads. We will be having our third rehearsal tonight for the Dad and Daughter dance in the show, and about 20 or so of us Dads have discarded our egos to make fools of ourselves onstage by dancing to "Hollaback Girl" by Gwen Stefani. Yes, I said "Hollaback Girl". We get to dress in blue jeans, a tshirt and make up our own hip-hop hat to wear during the performance. We do some pretty fun moves, including our own improvisation of a strut across the stage at one point, and the best part is watching my daughter's face and the faces of the other girls laughing hysterically while we practice. You can tell it really means a lot to them that we are taking the time to be part of what is so important to them.

Stay tuned for pictures of us during rehearsal and the performance in April...


momo said...

your daughter sounds like an amazing girl, you have every right to be proud.

i know very well how important the drill team is - especially in texas. i used to live in new mexico and we competed against those girls.

i think you should definitely post some video of that routine! ;-)

Deb said...

Sounds like a recipe for great memories! Thanks for checking in on me. Feeling better all the time and getting back into moving this body around. Take care!

Gripperm said...

I can't wait for the pics

aggie jogger '77 said...

Robert, your post here brings back memories of 2003 when my daughter was a senior in the "north Dallas" area. Their drill team did the same type of "Spring Fling" I think they called it. That year the Daughter/Dad routines were all done to Elvis. We (the Dads) were dressed in black shoes, white socks, black pants, white t-shirts, and a black satin jacket that had Elvis in glittery letters across the back.

What a wonderful experience that was and I'm a Dad that has not dancing skills at all. On top of that I was a "long distance" Dad as I lived in Midland at the time. Two weeks before the "big" week, my daughter came out and spent an entire Saturday from 7 am until 11 pm or so teaching me my routine. She was so great because not only did she have to master her numerous routines she had to take the time to learn the Dad's routine as well to teach me.

The performances went very well and in this Dad's eyes my daughter was the star.

Hope you can take time to stop by my blog too.

Good luck with your Daughter/Dad performance. From your description is sounds like our daughters were in the same high school (PSH). Randy

Laurel said...

That is so great! It's something she will always remember and treasure.