Most father-daughter dances occur in either an elementary school gym or a wedding dance floor.
When you’re the offspring of one of the most legendary rockers in the world, however, that milestone occurs in front of 10,000 screaming fans, and you’ll likely be as surprised as they are.
Such was the lesson for Jessica Springsteen, the 20-year-old daughter of Bruce Springsteen, who was pulled onstage by her dad, “The Boss,” during his concert at the Palais Omnisports de Paris Bercy theater in Paris Thursday.
The Grammy Award-winning rocker of “Born in the U.S.A.” and “Born to Run” fame plucked Jessica right from the audience and, to her surprise, pulled her onstage as he broke into his iconic 1980s hit “Dancing in the Dark.”
Jessica, an undergrad at Duke University, showed she has show business in her genes, happily playing along with her father’s stunt, laughing and waltzing with him on stage until the song was over and her dad, 62, carried her back to her seat next to the rest of the family.
The music video for “Dancing in the Dark” was what made the then-unknown actress Courteney Cox a star when it too showed Springsteen plucking her out of the audience to come up to dance.
Jessica, the second of Springsteen’s three children with his wife, Patti Scialfa, might not, however, have similar Hollywood dreams on her mind.
In addition to her studies at Duke, she is an accomplished equestrian who is on the reserve list to compete with the USA equestrian team at the Summer Olympics in London this month, having narrowly missed a chance to make the team.