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Dad Dancing is real and starts at age 37

It’s official – 37 is the age men start ‘dad dancing’, a study found



Research into the phenomenon pinpointed the age the nation’s fathers lose their dancefloor inhibitions. 

It also identified Stayin’ Alive by the Bee Gees as the ultimate dad dancing song – followed by Hot Chocolate’s You Sexy Thing and Waterloo by Abba.

Beyoncé’s Single Ladies was a surprise entry in the top 40.

The YMCA, Night Fever and air guitar routines are the moves most commonly employed by fathers to ‘wow’ other revellers

The research of 2,000 adults was commissioned to launch Twirlywoos Dad Dancer of the Year.


A spokesman for Twirlywoos said: “We believe dad dancing should be celebrated, because just like the Twirlywoos, it is silly, fun and full of surprises.  

“As part of our search for Dad Dancer of the Year, we’re calling on families across the country to submit footage of their fathers, young and old, busting some moves on the dance floor. 

“Whether on their own or with their partner or children, we cannot wait to see footage of groovy grandads, and disco dads.”

Chris De Burgh’s Lady in Red is also likely to get fathers running for the dance floor, along with Money for Nothing by Dire Straits and Summer of ’69 by Bryan Adams.

Let’s Dance by David Bowie also appears in the top 40, accompanied by the Simple Minds’ Don’t you (Forget About Me) and My Way by Frank Sinatra.

And other moves commonly adopted by dads include the conga, twist and shout and greased lightning.

Amid this, six in ten respondents have seen their father pulling shapes – with half confessing their pop is not a good dancer.

Despite this, a third said their dads are in no doubt they are great mover and shaker.

Thirty-seven per cent revealed they have been embarrassed by their dad’s moves on the dancefloor.

And three in ten who took part in the study believe their father has danced badly on purpose with the sole intention of embarrassing them.

Despite this, four in ten said seeing their father dance is among their favourite memories of their pop.

Six in ten said they loved dancing with their father as a child, while 44 per cent said they danced on their father’s feet as a child.

Thirteen is the age we our dad’s moves on the dancefloor start to embarrass us, but 30 is the age when it becomes endearing.

Dad’s ‘dodgy’ dance moves was found to be just the fourth most embarrassing thing fathers do, behind rubbish jokes, questionable fashion choices and making the bathroom smell.

In fact, half of the population agree dad dancing makes the world a better place.

A spokesman for Twirlywoos added: “To encourage families to take part in our search to find Twirlywoos Dad Dancer of the Year 2017 we’ve compiled a montage celebrating dad dancers and urge families across the country to join in the Dad Dancing fun.

“Great BigHoo the father figure of the show simply loves to dance so what better way to celebrate the launch of his dancing toy exclusively available at Argos then to begin the search to find the UK’s Best Dad Dancer.”

A shortlist of the top ten videos will be put to a public vote on the Twirlywoos Facebook page from 10th November. 


1. Stayin’ Alive – Bee Gees
2. You Sexy Thing – Hot Chocolate
3. Waterloo – ABBA
4. Lady in Red – Chris de Burgh
5. Let’s Dance – David Bowie
6. Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen
7. My Way – Frank Sinatra
8. Summer of ’69 – Bryan Adams
9. Bon Jovi – Livin’ on a Prayer
10. Dancing In The Street – David Bowie & Mick Jagger
11. Uptown Girl – Billy Joel
12. Dancing On The Ceiling – Lionel Ritchie
13. La Macarena – Los Del Rio
14. Thriller – Michael Jackson
15. Satisfaction – The Rolling Stones
16. Don’t You (Forget About Me) – Simple Minds
17. Purple Rain – Prince
18. Do The Conga – Black Lace
19. Stand by Me – Ben E King
20. Money For Nothing – Dire Straits
21. She Loves You – The Beatles
22. Brown-eyed Girl – Van Morrison
23. Hotel California – The Eagles
24. Born in the USA – Bruce Springsteen
25. Mr Blue Sky – ELO
26. Suspicious Minds – Elvis Presley
27. Town Called Malice – The Jam
28. Walk this way – RUN DMC/Aerosmith
29. American Pie – Don McLean
30. Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey
31. Easy Lover – Phil Collins
32. Oops Up Side Your Head (AKA ‘I Don’t Believe You Want to Get Up and Dance (Oops!)’) – The Gap Band
33. Go Your Own Way – Fleetwood Mac
34. Valerie – Amy Winehouse
35. Smoke on the Water – Deep Purple
36. September – Earth, Wind & Fire
37. Layla – Eric Clapton/Derek and the Dominos
38. Single Ladies – Beyoncé
39. Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting – Elton John
40. Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana

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