Dad to the rescue! We all know that stage fright is real, especially when you're a toddler. It's dance recital season, and it's adorable, but so many tiny ballerinas freeze up on stage. While they may be super prepared and enthusiastic in class, it can change quickly. There's something about the stage lights and blacked out crowd. It is terrifying for even the most excitable young dancer. So when his tiny dancer was scared, one awesome dad got right on stage with her. The video of him performing the entire dance by her side will warm even the coldest heart.
Dad Marc Daniels, who works as a barrister in Bermuda, flew onto the stage after realizing his daughter Bella was in distress. The little girl, in her tutu and fairy wings became overwhelmed and didn't want to perform.
So Daniels, with his infant daughter in his arms came to the rescue. Standing next to Bella, he spins, plies and points his toes like a pro. Slowly, the little girl begins to warm up and dance alongside her dad and classmates. As Daniels dances, you can hear the crowd cheering him.
Seeing a dad with his backward cap dancing with a baby tucked under his arm will give you all the big feels. But it is abundantly clear that he loves his daughter enough to do such a thing. When most dads would be cheering their kids on from the audience, he was already waiting in the wings. So when he's needed, it is easy for him to spring into action.
"Despite having a tantrum, I can tell she wanted to stay on stage and I didn't want to discourage her before the big performance by making her be the only one to come off," Daniels tells the Daily Mail Online.
None of the other girls on the stage seem phased by Daniels' presence on the stage. They just keep dancing, as do their teachers. Another man, tries to take the baby from Daniels' arms, but he waves him off. They are clearly a team. And just how did he know the moves? Daniels admits that he practices with Bella at home. So of course he know what he's doing. But the real highlight of the video is watching Daniels dance in the circle with the little fairies. Then at the end, he takes his bows with the girls and leads them off stage, Bella in tow.
Daniels, who is a barrister (which is a lawyer in high courts) says that his colleagues enjoyed his performance greatly. "Jurors, police officers and members of the prosecution have even been giving me twirls and plies as a token of appreciation for the video," he says. Imagine police officers doing pirouettes in court!
"Before having the girls I don't think I'd ever attempted any ballet moves before, but now everyone in Bermuda knows me for my toe-pointing," he says. Well, if he ever decides to give it a try, he could have quite a career ahead of him!