Philadelphia fathers join childrens' ballet class

  • Dads of students from the Philadelphia Dance Center were seen leaping and pirouetting alongside their dancing children in a number of heartwarming clips
  • The videos were recorded during a special Valentine's Day class 

By Valerie Siebert For Dailymail.com

Published: 17:38 EST, 16 February 2017 | Updated: 21:09 EST, 16 February 2017

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A group of dancing dads have become the latest internet sensation after a Philadelphia school invited them along to join their kids in a ballet lesson.

The Philadelphia Dance Center decided to celebrate Valentine's Day Tuesday with a unique class, asking their students to bring along their dads.

But not only did the dads show up in support of their tiny dancers, but they even joined in, following the kids' lead through a series of leaps, plies and pirouettes. 

Getting into it: Fathers of students at The Philadelphia Dance Center feature in heartwarming videos, attempting to follow along in a ballet class Getting into it: Fathers of students at The Philadelphia Dance Center feature in heartwarming videos, attempting to follow along in a ballet class

Getting into it: Fathers of students at The Philadelphia Dance Center feature in heartwarming videos, attempting to follow along in a ballet class

Luckily, the little routines were caught on video, and since the clips appeared on the web, social media users simply can't get enough of the sweet doting dads' dance moves.

One of the videos shows a series of dad and daughter pairs being directed by a teacher to leap with grace into the air to Waltz of the Flowers from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Suite. 

A second video includes one of the class' male students leaping in front of the camera, with his proud father doing his best to keep up.

Some of the dads offer up just a little hop, while others launch themselves into the air with enthusiasm. A few of the dads even truly got into the spirit of the lesson by donning tutus.

Taking the leap: The clips see the fathers trying to mimic the movements of their dance-loving children, such as this man who is carefully studying his son's technique Taking the leap: The clips see the fathers trying to mimic the movements of their dance-loving children, such as this man who is carefully studying his son's technique

Taking the leap: The clips see the fathers trying to mimic the movements of their dance-loving children, such as this man who is carefully studying his son's technique

Step-by-step: Some of the dads got into the spirit of things by donning tutus Step-by-step: Some of the dads got into the spirit of things by donning tutus

Step-by-step: Some of the dads got into the spirit of things by donning tutus

A third clip even sees the dads trying their twinkle toes at following their dancing spawn in a pirouette - with varying success. 

The Dance Center later posted three videos of the occasion to its Facebook page, with two of them racking up more than 12 million views each.

The heartwarming clips have also been shared by hundreds of thousands and gained the fathers plenty of new fans. 

'This is the cutest thing I've seen on FB. Ever,' wrote one user. 'Seeing those dads being so awkward and obviously out of their comfort zones for their little girls, warmed my heart.' 

The teams: The students and their proud dads posed together for a series of group shots The teams: The students and their proud dads posed together for a series of group shots

The teams: The students and their proud dads posed together for a series of group shots

Up in the air: This dad was among those making a serious effort to nail the perfect leap Up in the air: This dad was among those making a serious effort to nail the perfect leap

Up in the air: This dad was among those making a serious effort to nail the perfect leap

Going big: The videos have been viewed more than 12 million times on Facebook Going big: The videos have been viewed more than 12 million times on Facebook

Going big: The videos have been viewed more than 12 million times on Facebook

Another added: 'So lovely. Some very manly daddys right there. To the dads in the tutus; you're awesome!' 

After the videos went viral, the Center took to Facebook once again to express thanks to everyone who had watched, shared and commented on the clips. 

'Saying thank you doesn't seem to cover how we feel. We are so overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support from around the world,' the statement read.

'Thank you for recognizing the beauty, love, and joy that dance can bring into the world. It just proves that art, love and family are the international language.'

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