Dad dancing

 

Summary

Neil believes his dancing is fantastic. Feifei is not so sure. Find out exactly what we mean by the term ‘dad dancing’, and whether or not it is something to be embarrassed about! Watch the video.

Transcript

Neil
Great party last night, Feifei!

Feifei
It was so much fun, Neil. I loved your dad dancing, too!

Neil
You… saw my dad… dancing? But my dad wasn’t dancing. He wasn’t even there.

Feifei
No, no, no. You know what I mean: ‘dad dancing’. It means dancing like… well, like a dad.

Neil
I’m not sure where you’re going with this?

Feifei
‘Dad dancing’ is our phrase in The English We Speak. It describes a way of dancing which is a bit awkward, not very cool, maybe trying too hard.

Neil
What are you saying? I can moonwalk. I can spin on the spot. I can swing my arms in the air. I’ve got all the moves!

Feifei
All fantastic dad dancing moves! Don’t worry – it looked like you were really enjoying yourself.

Neil
It’s OK, I get it. Some of my moves are a bit old-fashioned. But sometimes it just feels good to let go!

Feifei
I think your kids were a little bit embarrassed.

Neil
Really? They’re just jealous.

Feifei
Haha, maybe! OK, let’s hear some examples.

Examples
Wow, look at Ernesto. Is he swinging a cat? What a dad dancer!

Katka’s dad was hilarious at the wedding. Everyone had stopped dancing, but he was still up there dad dancing, showing off all his moves.

I used to think Dad’s dad dancing was funny. But after he injured his ankle really badly last time, I think it’s time he slowed down.

Feifei
You’re listening to The English We Speak from BBC Learning English. Our expression is ‘dad dancing’. Neil?

Neil
(on phone) Yeah… Next Wednesday? OK. Yeah… See you!

Feifei
Who were you calling?

Neil
I’ve just booked some dance lessons. You’ve helped me realise I need to improve my skills.

Feifei
I was only teasing, Neil.

Neil
It’s OK. If I’m dancing, I want to be the best dancer on the floor. And if I’m dad dancing… well, I want to be finest dad dancer you’ve ever seen!

Feifei
Haha – best of luck. Bye.

Neil
Bye.

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