I want you dance like yo daddy
Dance like yo daddy
Come on and move like yo mama, you know you wanna
Go dance like yo daddy
And if you care what they’re thinking then you can’t have fun so come on
-Meghan Trainor, Dance Like Yo Daddy
On Saturday night, during the first home preseason game of the season, the Colts Junior Cheerleaders hit the field at Lucas Oil Stadium as the halftime entertainment.
It was a performance Colts Cheerleader manager Kelly Tilley had been anticipating for weeks.
— Colts Cheerleaders (@ColtsCheer) August 23, 2016
“I grew up dancing in a studio and having a very supportive mom and dad. And a dad who was not afraid to be goofy at home and dance with me and watch me do performances,” she says. “I had a very special and still have a very special bond with my dad.”
Inspired by that relationship, and with Meghan Trainor’s “Dance Like Yo Daddy” playing in the stadium, 300 dads and special guests joined the 300 girls on the field to shake, shimmy, and slide.
Kory Coleman was there with his daughter, Olivia. He says he always had dreams of running onto the field at Lucas Oil Stadium.
“That was the first time being on the field. I definitely never thought that it would be as a dancer,” he laughs.
He says he first heard about the dance in an email.
“As you kept scrolling down further and further, this thing came up that said daddy – daughter dance. And I was like, ‘What in the world is this?’ There was no mention of this when we signed up.”
But once he committed to it – he was in.
“I’m a pretty competitive person. So, I definitely took it somewhat seriously. We practiced a lot, really. I don’t know if that showed out on the field or not, but we definitely took it seriously.”
And so did his daughter.
“The one thing that Olivia kept telling me was, ‘Dad, you have to practice your shimmy. Your shimmy is not good at all.’ She definitely was giving me some pointers on that.”
And when it was over?
“I asked her, ‘What did you think?’ We’re off the field and she goes, ‘You know what? That was the best shimmy that you have done the entire time.’”
Charlie Smith first heard about the dance from his wife, who casually mentioned it to him about a month ago.
“And of course, me being the typical dad, I didn’t pay attention to anything she said, it went in one ear and out the other,” he says. “The next thing I know, I got an email that told me exactly what the dance was. And that’s when my eyes kind of got big.”
Smith calls himself a silly yet serious dad. He says he jumps at the chance to do things with his two daughters, Kennedy and Kamryn. For him, it was mostly about making a memory.
“When we were at practice, I was listening to Megan, one of the veterans, talk about how she had done something similar. I think it was with her grandfather and how special it was to her. And that day of practice, it just dawned on me, this is going to be something that they’re going to remember.”
Steve Kovecsi was also informed about the dance by his wife, who told him he wasn’t going to be happy about it – because it was the same night as his 20-year high school reunion.
“I said, ‘Oh, you’ve got to be kidding. But, this is a no-brainer here – I’ve got to do this with Sophia. I’ll miss the reunion because I look at this as kind of a once in a lifetime opportunity.’”
And it was.
“To top it off, my three nieces and two of my brother-in-laws also performed with us. So, we kind of made it a big family affair, if you will. Grandparents, they all came and had all the family there watching and taking pictures.”
But he doesn’t need a photo to remember his daughter’s reaction.
“The look in her eyes and the smile on her face when we were done, I think that’s probably the lasting impression that’s going to stay with me the longest,” he says.
Brad Oster and Brian Holtzleiter are police officers who work security on game day at Lucas Oil Stadium. Their daughters, Abi and Caitlin, are in Junior Cheer together.
They were able to leave their posts at halftime to join them on the field, but they didn’t have time to change out of their uniforms.
“The guy in front us, he goes, ‘You’re a police officer?’ I said, ‘Yeah. So, be prepared. We’ll probably be on the jumbotron because we’re going to stick out like sore thumbs,’” says Oster.
They did – stick out and make the big screen.
Holtzleiter says not only was it a good time – it was important time. In law enforcement, they work a lot of weekends and holidays and miss out on a lot of family time.
“I hope by people seeing that video, with everything that’s going on in the country now with law enforcement, hopefully they see that we’re people too and we have families and we love our families and just try to get home to them each night,” he says.
It was entertainment, but it was also a sweet display of fatherly love.
“There’s just something about grown men coming in and being silly and goofy and having fun with their kids that just makes everybody have a great day,” says Tilley.
And like so many things, at the heart of it is a life lesson. It’s one Coleman tries to reinforce with his daughter.
“If you do something that’s a little bit uncomfortable, the chances of it being very rewarding sometime in the future or even at that moment are pretty high,” he says. “So, I just always want her to know – hey, go and try these things. You may be very bad at it or you may end up being really, really good at it. But you just never know until you actually go through with it.”
As the song goes…
And if you care what they’re thinking then you can’t have fun so come on.
They may have been uncomfortable, but these dads cast their insecurities aside and stepped up for their daughters in a big way.
And the reward was a special memory they’ll both cherish forever.