A new study has shown dancing, for men, is no longer considered ‘dancing’ at the age of 37 but is instead the beginning of ‘dad dancing’.
How this even qualifies as a sociological study is beyond me but what I do know is there are few things which can embarrass a young person more than watching their old man attempt to ‘wave his hands in the air like he just doesn’t care’ (unless you count your mum walking in on you ‘discovering yourself’).
A team at Twirlywoos also found out Stayin’ Alive by the Bee Gees is the number one go-to dad-dancing jam, followed closely by Hot Chocolate’s You Sexy Thing and Waterloo by Abba.
Other songs that your old man likes include; Run DMC's Walk This Way (featuring Aerosmith), Don't Stop Me Now by Queen and Amy Winehouse and Mark Ronson's cover of Valarie by the Zutons.
A spokesman for Twirlwoos stated:
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.
Twirlywoos research uncovered the most commonly used dad dancing moves include; the conga, twist and shout and greased lightning, moves which I'm sure would gain more than a few side-glances of disdain at an illegal warehouse party.
When asked, by a bunch of young people presumably, six of ten participants admitted they're dad is awful at throwing shapes and a further 37% are embarrassed by their pops' lack of rhythm.
Three in ten who took part in the OnePoll study are convinced their dads dance badly on purpose with the sole intention of embarrassing them.
However it's not all hands-over-your-eyes results, four in ten people have said they find their dads' terrible dance moves a joyous memory, while another six-in-ten admitted to enjoy their dad's dancing. Another 44% said they danced on their dad's feet as a child.
Apparently age 13 is when we young'uns stop enjoying our dad's dancing, instead becoming so mortified that we wished the ground would swallow us up to take us away from the scenario. However when we he hit 30 it becomes endearing.
It was discovered that your dad's 'dodgy moves' are the fourth most embarrassing thing behind rubbish jokes, questionable fashion choices and dropping weapons-grade stink bombs in the toilet.
The Twirlywoos revealed:
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
For information on how to enter Dad Dancer of the Year and upload your videos click here. Obviously get your pops' permission beforehand.
The winner will receive a special Dad Dancer of the Year Award, £500 in Argos vouchers and a Dancing Great BigHoo toy.
The deadline for entries is 11.59 pm on November 2.
Here's A Top 40 List Your Old man Likes Dancing To
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
We await the winning entry with anticipation!