No dad likes to watch his little girl struggle. So when one dad named Marc Daniels saw that his adorable two-year-old daughter was struggling during her ballet performance, he rushed over to help her conquer the bout of stage fright. While holding an infant in his arm, Daniels daintily danced as his daughter Is supposed to, showing her exactly what must be done to perform at the Hamilton City Hall in Bermuda.
Stage fright can be debilitating. When you get up in front of a group of people, your confidence can melt away quickly. And for a two-year-old girl, it can be even more terrifying. That’s why Daniels did not hesitate to jump on stage during his daughter’s dress rehearsal to help her through the performance.
Daniels, a self-employed barrister, nails all the moves his daughter Bella learned and encourages her to get up there and do them right. Meanwhile, other parents in the audience cannot help but giggle at seeing the manly Daniels on stage doing ballet.
While guiding Bella through the moves, Daniels holds his youngest daughter Suri to his torso. The reason dad was willing to dance on stage was that Bella had started crying when she stepped on stage. Daniels knew he could help calm her down and get her back on the dance floor.
“Bella was very emotional and needed hugs from her daddy,” he told Mail Online. “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. I walked on holding Suri and stood next to her, trying to help build her confidence – I told her I loved her and that she’s an amazing dancer. I asked if she wanted to dance with daddy and she nodded, so I thought I’d join in. I’ve practiced with them at home on many occasions, so it wasn’t unfamiliar to me.”
Daniels pointed his toes like a ballet dancer and spun in circles just like you’d see on stage at the Lincoln Center in Manhattan. He certainly was not “unfamiliar” to the dance moves that were taught at the Motion School of Dance, where Bella learned ballet.
After his dance moves got shared online, his work colleagues had a field day watching.
“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 said. “Even in court the other day, one of the magistrates made a comment about my moves that prompted the court to erupt into laughter.”
While he already has a career in law, he might be willing to switch it up for his daughters.
“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 said. “Maybe it’s never too late to become a ballerina!”
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