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Dancing With Your Parents:
Song Suggestions

It's traditional for the bride and groom to take turns dancing with their parents at the wedding. Often the father-daughter and mother-son dances are spotlighted. They are once in a lifetime dances, so they're worth preparing for.

If your parents are not able to attend dance lessons with you because they're not living in San Diego, we can work around that. Often, students will take lessons in separate cities prior to the wedding and then at the last minute they will have a lesson or two together just before the wedding. We've found that this can work out very well, and we are happy to keep in communication with Mom or Dad's instructor in another city. This will help us to insure that you are learning the same moves and to make it easier when you finally dance together.

Almost any song can be appropriate for these dances, so long as it doesn't have distinctly romantic lyrics. We've compiled a nice list of appropriate songs below to give you some inspiration in choosing your songs. Remember that Mom and Dad may be looking forward to these dances more than you know. Be sure to check with them and see if they've thought about a song – they may already have one picked out!

  • Title
  • Artist
  • Cinderella
  • Steven Curtis Chapman
  • Count On Me
  • Bruno Mars
  • Daughter
  • Louden Wainright III
  • Father and Daughter
  • Paul Simon
  • Forever Young
  • Bob Dylan
  • Forever Young - Fast Version
  • Bob Dylan
  • Forever Young - From NBC's Parenthood
  • Rhiannon Giddens
  • Heaven
  • Warrant
  • I Hope You Dance
  • Lee Ann Womack
  • If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out
  • Cat Stevens
  • In My Life
  • The Beatles
  • Just The Way You Are
  • Billy Joel
  • Little Miss Magic
  • Jimmy Buffett
  • Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys
  • Willie Nelson
  • May You Always
  • The D's3
  • My Darling
  • Wilco
  • My Wish
  • Rascal Flatts
  • Sweet Pea
  • Amos Lee
  • The Way You Look Tonight
  • Steve Tyrell
  • The Way You Look Tonight
  • Frank Sinatra
  • Through the Years
  • Kenny Rogers
  • To Sir With Love
  • Lulu
  • True Colore
  • Eva Cassidy
  • What a Wonderful World
  • Louis Armstrong
  • What a Wonderful World
  • Stacey Kent
  • What a Wonderful World
  • The What a Wonderful World Band
  • You Are My Sunshine
  • Sara Gazarek
  • You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
  • Stevie Wonder
  • You Can Have it All
  • Yo La Tengo
  • You Should Be Dancing
  • Bee Gees

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