Grandfather and granddaughter compete in social-distance dance-off


A grandfather who lives across the street from his daughter and her family refused to let quarantine stop him from having fun with his granddaughter.

Sherrie Neely, who lives in Nashville, took to Facebook to share an adorable clip of her soon to be 81-year-old father, Marvin Neely, and her 6-year-old daughter, Kira, as the two partook in a fierce dance-off to the tune of the Jackson 5’s “ABC” — all the while maintaining a safe social distance, of course.

“This is the street that separates my house from my parent’s house, and is typically crossed multiple times throughout the day,” the single mom explained on Facebook. “Kira loves her ‘Papa’ so much and they’ve now started daily ‘dance offs’ since the virus is keeping them separated.”

“My Dad is turning 81 years old next month and I’ve never seen him dance, but he’s really putting forth great effort and has some special moves!” she added.

The clip, which has racked up over 1.1 million views, has since been picked up by multiple major news outlets and sparked countless positive reactions online, with many commenters calling the moment “priceless.”

“Can’t stop smiling,” one woman wrote.

“Definitely put a smile on my face!” echoed another.

Neely told Good Morning America that social distancing has been tough on her daughter, who is extremely close with her grandparents. The dance-off is just one of the many creative ways the family has thought of to make this difficult time easier.

“We did FaceTime once but it’s easier to just go outside and talk to them,” Neely told the outlet. “My dad sits outside in a chair and just watches her play and sometimes they kick a ball back and forth and she’s been able to draw pictures and hang them up for them to see.”

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