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Special Dances

  • There are two traditional “special dances”. The first – the dance of the parents. The second – the Bar Mitzvah boy and his mother, or the Bat Mitzvah girl and her father.
  • The special dances are pieces of grace and love. Nothing is obligatory, though. Some kids and adults prefer not to have them. Fair enough!
  • A good time for parents dance is soon after the grand entrance. The child-parent dance fits well after the candle lighting ceremony. Another idea is to have one of these dances as a grand finale dance.
  • The mother and father, or the parent and child, may be announced by the DJ onto the dance floor. A pleasant way to have the dances, is to let the DJ, about halfway through the song, to invite friends and family to join them on the dance floor.
  • You can also have the MC guide all the guests to form a circle on the dance floor, sing along and enjoy the dance together.
  • Would you like to get prepared for the dance? Feeling a little nervous? A few classes with a dance instructor can prepare you for that special dance.

    Slow Dance Lesson DVD
  • If you cannot get excited about going to a dancing studio, there are DVDs that provide simple, easy to follow and straight to the point instruction. Check Shawn Trautman’s DVD Dance lessons. The shots showing the instructor’s feet are very helpful! These DVDs are also good fun.
  • The Doc’s numero uno child-parent dance songs Louis Armstrong’s touchingly optimistic “What A Wonderful World”. She can get cheesy! Here are her top 3 child-parent dance songs:

Doctor Simcha’s Top 3 Child-Parent Dance Songs
Song Listen on Amazon MP3 Listen on iTunes Album on Amazon
1.  What a Wonderful World

Louis Armstrong

What a Wonderful World (Single Version) - Louis Armstrong's All-Time Greatest Hits
2.  Have I Told You Lately

Rod Stewart

Have I Told You Lately - Vagabond Heart
3.  Hero

Mariah Carey

Hero - Mariah Carey: Greatest Hits
  • Trivia: Louis Armstrong’s first cornet was bought with money loaned to him by the Karnofskys, a Russian-Jewish immigrant family!