By Hannah Crocker
These might be the most embarrassing dads ever! These cringe dads decided to strut their stuff in hotpants and heels ON STAGE at their kids’ dance show.
Their dodgy dad dancing stole the show as they twerked and twirled in tight denim shorts and red stilettos, in a parody of the famous Money Supermarket advert.
They were later joined by teachers dressed as builders, as the embarrassing dads took part in a hilarious dance off in front of a packed audience.
After their youngsters, aged two to 19, had starred in the main show put on by Freedom Dance and Performance in Ruddington, Notts, the cringe-worthy dads surprised them with their own excruciating routine at the end.
One of the dads, 38-year-old Paul Franks, had two daughters in the main show – and after being initially wary, he soon found his groove.
Paul, a cricket coach, said: “Two years ago the mums did a surprise act at the show, and this time someone jokingly said the dads should get involved.
“We ruled it out straight away and laughed at the idea – but somehow we ended up getting roped into it!
“The kids didn’t find out what we were doing until right at the last minute, so I think it was a bit of a shock for them.
“I think my girls were a bit embarrassed at first, but deep down they were quite proud – they asked me a lot of questions on the way home about how long I’d been practising, and said I was actually quite good!
“I’ve been winding them up since, saying I’ll keep on dancing, but it’s all done in jest.
“At the end of the day it’s just a bunch of dads having a laugh and not taking themselves too seriously.
“We had an enormous amount of fun, and it was done in very good spirit.
“With the fantastic choreography the whole thing worked brilliantly – hopefully it shows the quality of the dance school.
“The whole show was outstanding, we were just there to provide a bit of light entertainment – we definitely don’t want to steal the kids’ limelight, because they were brilliant.”
The 13 dads took part in 12 weeks of rehearsals before the show, spending every Monday night practising their hilarious moves until they had perfected the routine.
Paul added: “I’ve never done anything like it before, and it was quite a special feeling when the curtain went up.
“We were all very nervous before, but once the music started we really got into it.
“We didn’t know about the costumes at the start – the wardrobe department have a lot to answer for – but we just rolled with it.
“Initially we found the routine quite difficult – during the first few weeks of rehearsals I thought, ‘Christ, I can’t do this’ – but it all started to come together about two weeks before the show.
“I can’t believe what an amazing response the performance has had – at the end of the day it was just a bit of fun really at the end of an amazing show.”
The dads were so popular that they now have their own spin-off Facebook page, Freedom Dance Dads, where they have been inundated with messages from fans.
Freedom Dance principal Stacey Green said: “One of the dads suggested the MoneySuperMarket.com advert as a joke, but I said it was absolutely perfect.
“They were really nervous, but wanted to do it for the kids – they were all really good sports, and they were amazing.
“They did a really good choreographed dance routine, and it’s brought all the dads together. Some of the dads who didn’t do it were gutted they missed out.
“Everyone is talking about the dads!”
The MoneySuperMarket.com advert which the dads took inspiration from was part of the money-saving website’s ‘So MoneySuperMarket’ campaign.
It started with the ‘Epic Strut’ advert in 2015, and was followed by others including the ‘Dave v Colin dance-off’, and a bodyguard showing some old-school dance moves.