Move over ‘Strictly’, Dads are polishing off their dance floor moves for the annual ‘World Dad Dancing Championship’ at DadFest 2017.
Ian Blackwell is founder and co-ordinator of The Dangerous Dads Network which organises DadFest. He is also a scholarship PhD student at Marjon where is he researching the potential of simple outdoor activities to help fathers develop positive parenting behaviours and help strengthen the bonds between dads and their children.
Ian Blackwell, is looking forward to another fantastic festival and a hotly contested dad dancing championship: “We are very excited about the return of the World Dad Dancing Championships. The contest’s popularity has grown massively with dads strutting their best, and worst, dad dancing moves.
Current World Dad Dancing Champion Dean Wakefield, a father of three from Plymouth, was crowned at DadFest last year. Dean is already in training for this year’s championship dance-off. ‘I’m pumped up and ready to defend my title’, says Dean. He explains ‘The main reason for joining Dangerous Dads and coming to DadFest is that it gives me the opportunity to have some quality time and great fun with my kids, as well as showing-off my stylish dance moves.’
DadFest, which is a sell-out this year, is the UK’s only festival just for dads, male carers and their children. The festival is organised by Totnes-based ‘Dangerous Dads’ and supported by the Big Lottery Fund. The event’s focus is on fun, adventurous activities including camping, tree-climbing, storytelling in the woods at night, bushcraft, campfire cooking, woodland games, archery, star-gazing; water rockets, kids’ entertainer, award-winning local food and beer, stroke a lobster, arts and crafts, music, fishing and circus skills; as well as the now renowned ‘World Dad Dancing Championship’.
DadFest will take place from 15-17 September at the Forest & Beach centre in Beeson, South Devon, which specialises in providing outdoor activities with its own camping field, woodlands and large converted barn.
For more information please contact DadFest organiser Ian Blackwell on 01803 840990 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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