Meet The Viral Ballet Dancing Dads Who Took Class With Their Daughters


– But not long ago, our next guest was thinking about shutting down her dance studio because things were slow. Then, a viral video
literally changed everything. Check this out. – Plié. And dads, plié to your left. Plié. (classical ballet music) And now, hands close first. Good! Run around your partner. Go to the front of dad. And plié. Lift up, and twirl around. – My gosh!
(audience clapping) That is adorable! That’s a classroom of dads in Philadelphia taking ballet with their little girls, and the video’s been shared by celebs including Ava DuVernay,
Kristen Bell and Oprah, okay. – Yeah.
– Yeah! (audience cheers) Now Erin’s classes are
more popular than ever. Please welcome the owner
of Échappé Dance Arts, Erin Lee right here, and
two of the dancing dads, Anwar and James!
(clapping and cheering) Meet everybody! Julianne, everybody! (laughing)
– You guys are awesome. – Dude that was amazing!
– Thank you so much. – It was so good, so,
Erin, why would you start a dad’s dancing class,
like were you drinking or? (audience laughs)
– Like, what? – Had to be, right? (laughs) So, basically, it was two years ago, and the dads were dropping
off, they were picking up and I’m like, we gotta get
you guys on the dance floor. They were super involved, but that wasn’t really a
part of the deal, right? So, we got them on the dance floor and it started off as a hip-hop class and then it just evolved, and this was our first time ever posting it and it just went viral,
so it’s been insane. – It made me cry in the best of ways. – [Erin] Yeah!
– Like it was so beautiful! – Yeah!
– And not everybody out there has a dad and a mom to do stuff with so it’s like amazing
that you’d take the time, we’re all busy we all have jobs, trying to provide for our families, – Definitely.
– And you take the time and actually do that. Was it easy getting the dads involved? – There was some bribes involved, right? (all laugh) – I’m not above it, even with children. – Little 10% off here,
a little 5% off there, maybe a free jacket,
but no it wasn’t easy. And not because they
didn’t want to, right? Because it wasn’t normalized. But eventually, I think once one started, then the next pulled another in and then it just, a ripple effect. It was awesome.
– It’s so cool! It’s so awesome, so Anwar and James, what did you think when you
first heard about the class? Other than like, “nope.”
(all laugh) – I was gonna say, the truth! – When it was first
brought to my attention, I was probably trying to get out the room as fast as possible, like, you know. I even left the car running
so I could dip back out. (all laugh) When she told me, I just
thought it was kinda unique. You know, my job is very family-oriented, so they integrated my schedule, with my seniority of course, I could. – That’s amazing though
that your job did that. – Yes!
– Because that’s important, families are important.
We all work so hard. But it is so important,
those are our kids. We’re shaping them for the future. Like, you need to spend time with them. So James, what about you? – Never in a million years I
seen myself dancing ballet. – [Kelly] You looked great.
– But, thank you. I’m used to football,
basketball, so it’s like, ballet? – Hey, some football players
take ballet I’ve heard. – Yeah, yeah!
– I tried to tell him this, he didn’t believe me.
– [Kelly] Yes! – I think what warms
all our hearts so much and seeing that so much
is the connection you have with your beautiful kids.
– Yes. It’s so beautiful. (audience claps)
– And that’s admirable and an amazing example.
– So special. – Just to have that connection. They must just look at you guys like you guys are kings
– Heroes. – Yeah, yeah. – What made you finally commit? What made y’all finally
commit to doing the class? – So, when I actually thought about it, first I thought about
the movie with “The Rock” when he had the-_
– Oh, yes yes! – It was like,
– The Rock, he’s manly! He did it.
– Exactly. So it was like, he was
too masculine to do that but then he was aggy with the teacher and then he ended up, you know, getting to like her and
getting to take it on and then look at how dancing in ballet helped them with their
moves and their x’s and o’s on the football field with their playbook. So I’m just like, okay, let me try it. But, you know, the objective
was to go in and not look bad. ‘Cause, you know, if I fell– – But even if you fell,
it’s funny, it’s funny. Everybody does it, everybody
falls and everything. But what made you finally commit James? – I mean, the satisfaction
and the excitement from my daughter and the
whole staff at Échappé and why not? You know what I mean? And then, a lot of aww’s,
we get all the “awww” (all laugh)
– Lot of aww’s. So how do you, I mean ’cause
everyone here dances except me. I can booty dance.
(audience cheers) But how do you believe dance connects you? – I think it’s primal.
– It is primal. – Look at a toddler, before
they can walk or crawl, what happens, you put
music on, what do they do? – They’re dancing.
– They go like this right? I feel like it’s in all of us, we kind of unlearn dance as we get older because we get a little bit self-conscious like, oh who’s looking at me? I don’t wanna be moving, dancing. And then we’re like whatever man, let’s just have fun, let’s just dance let’s let loose, let’s go crazy. – I love it!
– And that’s honestly, that’s what you guys are representing, it’s a lot of courage and
I love that, I love that. – I know, it’s just so special, taking the time, I think
that’s the most important part, no matter what you’re
doing, it’s this dance class but the fact that you’re taking time and going, okay, this is important I have to prioritize this, and you spend it with your
daughter, that’s cool. That’s so cool.
– Especially seeing Derek and Julianne deal with each other, and knowing he grew up with all girls, once he left to London, I
thought he was probably like, “I’m outta here.”
(all laugh) – So it’s just like, I
can deal with my daughter. Probably not my sister, but
I can deal with my daughter. – I love how he knows my backstory. – What’s it like taking
ballet classes with your dads? – It’s fun, it’s good, it’s
everything I hoped for. – Yeah? What do you think? – It’s awesome sauce, and I love it. (all laugh) – [Kelly] You just said awesome sauce! – Keep it going baby! – It’s awesome sauce? Yes!
Is it kinda funny to see them dancing like that? You think they’re doing all right? – Yeah.
– Yes. – Yeah? You think you’re
better or they’re better? – They better.
– Us. (all laugh and clap) – I love it! So this means
so much to your girls, what’s it mean to y’all? To
have this time, just for y’all. – You know kids look
to us for confirmation, and we they look to us for confirmation, they just wanna know if it’s okay. So if I gotta get out there
and be next to my daughter to dance with her and look crazy while doing it, then I’ll do it. – I don’t think it’s the quantity
of time, it’s the quality. It’s like, okay, let’s say you only have a little bit of time,
well just take that time, put your phone down,
just let it be their time and that’s what counts I think. (all clap)
– Do y’all have any advice? – Yeah I was just gonna say, you know, I think one of the most masculine things you could possibly do is be present. – [Kelly] Or human!
– Be present for whoever it is that you love. So I commend you guys so
much, it’s a beautiful thing. – Thank you. – And Julianne, what
about the little ones? Do you have any advice?
They’re future dancers. – Oh my gosh, just keep having fun. The minute it’s not fun anymore, you have to come back to why
you did it in the first place ’cause I remember I burned out
pretty early on in my career and then I found that joy again. So always find joy and
happiness and just keep smiling. – [Kelly] Yeah!
(audience claps)

100 thoughts on “Meet The Viral Ballet Dancing Dads Who Took Class With Their Daughters”

  1. I thought before clicking the video that it was two gay dads with their kids. I was hoping actually that’s what the video was about. This is still so awesome. Great fathers!!!

  2. I love this! It's wonderful to see these men doing this for their kids. This kind of reminds me of the dad who was holding classes so dads could learn how to style their girls hair.

  3. The 21 pple who disliked this cant dance & are jelly!
    It even looks like some Grandpas are up in there!! Thats soo AWESOMSAUCE!!!!!❤

  4. Reminds me of the movie where Dwayne Johnson dances ballet with his daughter!
    I added this comment before watching the video.. and they actually refer to that.. the Game.Plan!

  5. I feel like Julianne Hough is fake as hell. She doesn't really participate, she just sits and smiles. She didn't introduce herself or shake hands, etc. Long eye roll. I don't have anything for her.

  6. Love it especially seeing black fathers being active and showing up for their children. Supporting them in whatever endeavors in their lives.

  7. AWESOME dads! AWESOME daughters! Just a beautiful video. So very heartwarming ❤️ to see dads and daughters sharing the moment. Gotta love ❤️ the video

  8. Miss Kelly, I beg to differ. Yes, the quality of the time matters….but….children need to see a quantity of quality time coming out of their parents. Every day, every day, every day they need parent-cooked hot breakfast (oatmeal in the micro takes 3-minutes), bedtime rituals, parents reading aloud including the Bible, dance parties after a dinner that everyone cooked and ate and cleaned-up together, church on Sundays, visits to grandparents and extended family, service at nearby nursing homes or soup kitchens, bike rides, park play, hikes, or pool time on Saturdays, positive homework help M-F without fail, and the list goes on. Yes, put the phone down, but also, yes, give them a quantity of real-life, amazing, magical, quality time with Mom and Dad every day, every day, every day. If you feel tired after a long day at work, pretend that the kids are someone you want to impress at work and put on that cheerful, glad-to-meet-you face until you feel it. They grow up too, too fast to fall for the lie that OnLy the quality of the time matters. They need All your time, and all of it should be quality time.

  9. BLACK LOVE IS BEAUTIFUL!! BABY BLACK GIRLS ARE THE CUTEST BABIES IN THE WORLD!! I WANT CHOCOLATE BABIES NOT STUPID BIRACIALS!!

  10. This is so adorable♥️aww….beautiful fathers and daughters.Aww these little princesses are so cute😭 I'm so proud of these dads….thank you.

  11. Daddy in the gray pants is gorgeous😉👀….Im married.. not blind…….but this is beyond wonderful of these men in so many ways and I hope it continues for a very long time!💞💞 #awesomesauce

  12. I am sooooooooo here for this….. Very special this is what will shape the way these girls value themselves in life. Father's do make a difference. No matter if it's dance class, cooking, a story. It all adds up 💯

  13. Those glass of the dance teacher is fire! Plus as the biggest daddy girl even as an adult and him pass last year….. This warmed my heart! Dads priceless 💙

  14. It is quite disturbing to see a dad touching his daughter's leg and kissing her body the way the dad with the black sweater is doing in the photo that brings you to the video – and even more that no one seems to notice this! Are you all promoting pedophilia? These people are sick and you all condone it – quit accepting perverts to be a part of our lives, they are just desensitizing everyone to these perverted actions becoming normal in our everyday lives!

  15. I am sorry but that photo brought me here – re-look at it, his daughter you can tell is no liking it as he is kissing her a little to intimately for his child and you can tell his hand is touching her leg inappropriately and the other girl is noticing all of this as well, is quite disturbing and with all the child pedophilia and trafficking going on with everyone in Hollywood, it really makes you think about the real concept they are trying to brainwash us with their programming!

  16. They are absolutely gorgeous with their little tutu, and very smart . Yes, we have a LOT of GREAT KINGS in our communities.

  17. You brothers rock. I’m not a father myself, but I can tell you, my dad was never attentive to my life like you are to your daughters. I am so impressed to see you men being supportive to your children when so many dads are m.i.a. today. You’ve blessed my heart in more ways than you’ll ever know, and you’ve given me some hope in an area where I didn’t have much. Thank you and bless you!

  18. I know I should be concentrating on this beautiful content but again Kelly's dress is sad…who dresses her and with so much money bad dressing sence is a crime

  19. I LOVE TO SEE DAD'S BEING DAD'S! I did not have that growing up & applaud each & everyone who shows up for their kids, with what ever they do. Kudos to all dads making a difference

  20. Aww, the two little girls are princesses. They are so beautiful. An image of the little girl on the right should be made into a doll.

  21. The most beautiful fatherhood video ever! . I love what these handsome young fathers are doing with their daughters , just beautiful. !

  22. Awesome, my dad taught me to style, how to cook, sew by hand, change tires, hang drywall, fix cars, he baked for school sales, he loved dancing, and you never forgot he was a man. Great job Real Dads!

  23. I loooove love love this!!! I’m a Dance Educator and have taught mostly in schools. And this idea of the Daddy Daughter dance class, is paramount!!! I’ve been wanting to do it for years!!! E’chappe Dance Arts, you just stirred up my gift!!!!!!!

  24. I am so sick of promoting females when the hell are you going to start promoting males you know for every 1male child born 7 female children are born… We aren't running out females. But we are losing more men every Government war…

    I'm sick and tired of seeing where they're promoting females everywhere you go.

  25. Too much, too little, too late; all of a sudden there is this frabricated love for dark skin daughters. While I applaud their efforts, it would take many years for me to forgive Black Men for throwing us dark skin Black Women under the bus for the whole World to see. I am too crushed to ever trust them again, especially since I spent the greater part of my adult life rooting for, and was supporting their plight. GONE-4-GOOD 😢😔

  26. And that's why derek is a typical man because he used "masculine" to justify it being ok for thoes dads to dance. Instead derek just tell thoes dads well done for being your child's hero, or rock. Masculine idiot

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