There’s nothing manlier than a father going up the stage and doing a pirouette with his daughter.
But Marc Daniels, a father from Bermuda, takes it up a notch when he walked up the stage while holding a baby.
His 2-year old daughter Bella was scheduled to perform a ballet routine, but “stage fright” has other plans. The toddler, donned in her tutu and leggings, began to cry on stage during their dress rehearsal because she wasn’t having any of it.
She insisted on just sitting on the ground while her friends performed on stage, which meant she might be feeling our typical Monday blues. But her dad knew better, and his instincts were screaming that his daughter needed help.
He walks up the stage, bringing along his youngest daughter Suri, to help his daughter shake off the stage blues that were choking her up.
But what they didn’t expect is Daniels’ familiarity to the entire routine.
In his interview with the Independent, he said:
“I asked if she wanted to dance with daddy and she nodded, so I thought I’d join in.”
According to another news site, The Royal Gazette, Che Barker, the husband of In Motion owner Lizz Pimentel, sounded the alarm that his daughter needs her daddy.
He said to the Royal Gazette:
“I was holding my youngest daughter, Suri, while my wife was downstairs helping backstage. Suddenly, Che Barker came running up and said my daughter, Isabella, was having a little breakdown. She was crying and calling for Daddy. I went downstairs to see her, but they were just about to go on stage so there was not a lot of time to comfort her. When she got on stage she started to get a bit antsy, and Che told me go out there, so I went out there.”
He added that rather than just standing there and watching the girls perform, he felt the need to get into character and went along with it.
Little did he know that this short clip will earn him the nickname “daderina”.
Watching him do such an effortless plie and pointes, you can tell that this isn’t his first time doing this.
He revealed to The Independent that he has been practicing along side his daughter at home, so it’s safe to assume that he knew how this dance would go.
Soon enough, when she saw her father dancing, Bella began dancing along with her classmates, regaining the energy and the confidence that she wasn’t feeling earlier.
At one point, an assistant even offered to hold Suri, but the daderina declined and continued dancing with his daughters.
This video has since become viral, with people lauding Daniels’ fatherly instincts. They expressed their admiration to a father who didn’t think twice when her daughter asked for help, even if it meant dancing ballet in a room full of strangers.
He even joked to The Sun:
“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 – maybe it’s never too late to become a ballerina,”
Watch how this dad became the daderina of Bermuda and how he helped his daughter overcome her fears.
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