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Ballet dad

Ballet dad
08 Jun

A burly father-of-three performed some dainty ballet moves while holding his daughter's hand after she suffered stage fright during a performance.

Hilarious footage shows Marc Daniels rush to help his youngster at Hamilton City Hall in Bermuda on May 29 during a dress rehearsal for her first ever dance recital.

The self-employed barrister can be seen pirouetting and gracefully balancing on one leg beside his two-year-old daughter Bella as parents and teachers giggled.

A talented multi-tasker, Mr Daniels managed to perform his elegant moves while clutching his youngest daughter Suri under one of his arms.

He had been summoned to the wings to calm Bella down. She had began to sob uncontrollably after stepping out on stage.

'Bella was very emotional and needed hugs from her daddy,' said Mr Daniels.

'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.'

Spinning in circles and pointing his toes like a pro, the doting dad was just a tutu away from being a fully-fledged member of In Motion School of Dance.

And Mr Daniel's impressive display of agility did not go unnoticed among his work colleagues.

'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.'

He isn't ruling out a career change.

'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!'