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A dancing dad has the internet jumping for joy.

Marc Daniels is a criminal lawyer by day and a twirling ballet dad by night.

When his 2-year-old daughter Isabella lost it onstage during a ballet dress rehearsal, Daniels saved the day — and the internet went wild.


Shortly after walking onstage with her fellow dancers, Isabella crumpled to the floor in a heap of tears. At first, Daniels tried to comfort her from the wings, but she was inconsolable. So he stepped onto the stage, took her hand, and started following the steps the teacher was doing.

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Isabella calmed right down and they completed the dance together. And the best part? Daniels did it all while holding a baby.Swoon.

Beyond just being sweet, Daniels' swift action was #ParentingGoals.

Daniels is the father of three little girls. Isabella's breakdown could have been handled many different ways, but this video plays out like a master class in supportive parenting.

"I just wanted to make sure my daughter was calm and felt comfortable," Daniels told The Royal Gazette.

Here's what makes this dad's dance performance more than just a cute viral moment:

1. He tried a couple of different tacks to see what would help his daughter succeed.

Encouraging her from offstage was wise, giving her the chance to calm down on her own. But when that didn't work, he didn't hesitate to stand by her side. He clearly knows his daughter well and did what he needed to help her make it through her performance.

2. He led by example.

Whether Isabella was scared or embarrassed or just having a toddler outburst because she's 2, Daniels showed her how to focus on the fun of it all. He was unabashed about dancing ballet in front of a crowd, even though he'd never done it. And he gave it his all. Seeing her dad being brave undoubtedly helped her be brave herself.

3. He showed he had confidence in her.

Daniels could have taken his daughter offstage to help her calm down, which would've been a reasonable parenting choice. But by staying on the stage with her, he showed that he knew she could do it. That's a powerful message — and not always an easy one to convey under pressure.

4. He did it all with a baby in his hands.

Hands down, the best part of this video is that Daniels helps his daughter and completes a ballet routine, all while holding his baby daughter Suri in his arms. He even declines someone's offer to hold the baby while he's dancing. His "nah, I've got this" demeanor shows that he's used to being an engaged, hands-on dad and that he can multitask like a pro.

Daniels' parenting skills — not to mention his dancing chops — are totally en pointe. Watch the whole adorable scene here:

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Making waves in the best way

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At last, summer is here. And for many people, that means it's time for heading to the beach and maybe even catching some waves. Surfing is a quintessential summertime activity for those who live in coastal communities—it’s not only really fun and challenging, it’s also a great way to celebrate Mother Nature’s beauty. Even after a wipeout, the cool water mixed with warm sunshine offers a certain kind of euphoria. Or, you know, just hanging back on the sand is plenty fun too. Simply being outdoors near the ocean is its own reward.

pacifico quiksilver beach cleanupLet’s protect the places where outdoor adventure happensAll photos provided by Pacifico

However, it's well known that our beautiful beaches are suffering the consequences of overcrowding, pollution and littering. What was once a way of playing in nature is now slowly destroying it. And of course, this affects beachgoers everywhere. The sad truth is—without taking action to preserve all the natural joys the earth provides, we will eventually lose them.

But there is hope. Two popular brands that both have roots in surf culture have teamed up to help make trips to the beach a more sustainable pastime. The best part? You don’t have to know how to hang ten in order to participate.

Pacifico®, a pilsner-style lager originally brought to the U.S. by surfers, and Quiksilver, an iconic apparel company loved by both surfers and beach goers alike, have created a brand-new range of clothing and accessories with sustainability in mind.

Take a look below. These threads are great for all kinds of fun in the sun, without compromising the environment.

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The collection launches on July 5 and includes tees and woven shirts, boardshorts, hats, flip-flops and a special beach towel and tote bag. The unique collaboration features the vibrant, colorful designs that are the hallmark of Quiksilver combined with Pacifico elements, created to make a positive impact.

Each item has been thoughtfully curated to minimize an environmental footprint and protect the outdoors. The hats, for example, are made from NetPlus® by Bureo®, a raw material created from South American recycled fishing nets. Additionally, the board shorts are made from recycled plastic bottles, and tees are made with 100% organic cotton. Pretty rad stuff, to put it in surfer lingo.

The prices on these pieces are equally rad, ranging from $28 flip-flops to $60 boardshorts.

In keeping with the sustainable ethos and protecting the places we play, Pacifico and Quiksilver will celebrate the products’ launch by hosting two beach cleanups. The first is on July 5 at Sunset Point in Malibu, California, from 4-5:30pm, and the second is on July 9th at Deerfield Beach in Florida from 8:30 – 10:30am.

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Theses beach cleanups are open to anyone over the age of 21 who’s ready to have some fun while taking care of nature’s playground.

Those who can’t make it to the beach (bummer, dude) don’t have to miss out on all the fun. The new collection will be available on July 5th at www.quiksilver.com/mens-collab-pacifico. And even if you don’t surf, never plan to surf, have no desire to even be near a surfboard, rest assured, the apparel is still cool. Plus sustainable choices are always good fashion.

Our planet provides us with an endless supply of beauty and adventure. But without more mindful actions from humanity, its natural wonders will eventually diminish. Fortunately Pacifico and Quiksilver are making it easier than ever for people to enjoy the great outdoors without jeopardizing it. That’s a wave worth riding.

This article originally appeared on 09.06.17


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