Being a dad often means embracing whatever activities your kids are interested in at the moment. If they’re playing baseball, you’re playing coach. If they’re playing chess, you learn chess… kinda. If they’re into dancing, well then tighten up your tutu because so are you!
So when a video hit social media recently showing several Philadelphia dads attending a combination ballet/yoga class, many parents could probably relate. E’chappe Dance Arts Studio began offering the “BOGA” class to give men a chance to bond with their daughters. The studio’s owner, Erin Lee, shared the video which has now spread across the pages of Hollywood celebrities and average parents alike.
Kristen Bell, Jennifer Garner, and several other notable celebs have shared the video with kudos to the dads for stepping up and practicing their plies. Michael Ealy, best known for his roles in Barbershop, 2 Fast 2 Furious and other studio films, shared the post on his Instagram:
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Proud to say I don't know one father who would be afraid to hold down his child this way. Can't say this was the case growing up. It's the little things we do that help raise kings and queens. S/O to all the fathers out there and the fellas who showed up for this class. SALUTE!🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽
Kristen Bell commenting on her page “There are some amazing papas out there!!!!”
The studio’s owner said she never expected the video to go viral, but is glad these dads are receiving credit where credit is due. “This is what I care about,” Erin told local affiliate FOX 10. “Good dads being highlighted. This is the part that’s amazing for me.”
Us too, Erin. Us too.
So here’s to the dads who aren’t afraid to move and groove… at least for as long as their body allows it.