It could happen to anybody. Lord knows that it happens to me, pretty much every opening night. The shakes, the anxiety, the nerves and then the "Why am I on this stage?!" moment.
At my age, which is 40...ish..., I have the tools to get over these fears and feelings. But poor little four-year-old Amelia Hicks doesn't have the life experience to have built up such defences.
So when she found herself centre-stage at the Flair School of Dance in Maidstone and looked out at the audience watching expectingly, she did what many would do...she froze - for, what to her, must have felt like an eternity.
In reality, it was less than 15 seconds.
But then Super Dad, Michael, rushed on to the stage and scooped her up. He didn't take her off stage to console her or try to talk her into doing the routine that she had no doubt rehearsed for months...He took her into his arms, without hesitation and then they danced. And how they danced. And how the crowd loved it. And a memory was made that will last, thanks to social media, longer than a lifetime.
For those of us who are dads (or parents) out there, this moment reminds us that our kids need us from time to time to do things they can't, or are too scared to do. Whether it be to clean up every scraped knee, find every lost toy, banish every monster under the bed - and maybe even help finish a dance together.
Thank you Amelia and Michael Hicks for a wonderful moment. There are surely more to come!Back to news