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James Van Der Beek Grants Daughter Annabel's Request to Re-Create DWTS Week 6's Samba in a New Video

Gracious Egedegbe
Nov 11, 2019
03:40 P.M.
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James Van Der Beek granted his 5-year-old daughter's request to recreate his DWTS samba performance, and it was well-received by his fans.

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James Van Der Beek is big on creating and sharing experiences with his children. So when 5-year-old, Annabel Leah, asked him to recreate his samba performance from last week's "Dancing with the Stars," he obliged.

Celebrity and pro-dancer couples, James Van Der Beek and  Emma Slater return to the ballroom and compete on the sixth week of the 2019 season of "Dancing with the Stars" | Photo: Getty Images

Celebrity and pro-dancer couples, James Van Der Beek and Emma Slater return to the ballroom and compete on the sixth week of the 2019 season of "Dancing with the Stars" | Photo: Getty Images

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IT WAS WORTH IT AND THEN SOME

James shared a short clip of the father-daughter routine on his Instagram account. It showed the little girl dressed in a yellow and blue dress, dancing with her dad who dressed in a white tank top, and black trousers.

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The actor knelt to be on the same height as his daughter, and the two looked adorable. The "Dawson Creek" star captioned the video:

"The request to recreate week 6's samba made how hard it was to learn, 100% worth it, and then some."

James fans reacted to the video with compliments for the actor and his little girl, with one person writing:

"That's the greatest trophy of all."

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MAKING MEMORIES

Another wrote:

"I love it; this is awesome."

While a third fan commented:

"[It] is really quite sweet [as] she will have memories of watching you and dancing with you."

James Van Der Beek and family at the fifth week of the 2019 season of "Dancing with the Stars." | Photo: Getty Images

James Van Der Beek and family at the fifth week of the 2019 season of "Dancing with the Stars." | Photo: Getty Images

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The dad-of-five is one of the top contenders on DWTS, and he partners with pro dancer, Emma Slater. Last month, the dance partners performed a Paso Set Double to "He's a Pirate" by Klaus Badelt and Hans Zimmer on a Disney Themed night.

Afterward, the "Varsity Blues" star's four oldest children recreated the performance at their home with their mom, Kimberly Brooks, as the cameraman.

Celebrity and pro-dancer couples, James Van Der Beek and  Emma Slater return to the ballroom and compete on the fifth week of the 2019 season of "Dancing with the Stars" | Photo: Getty Images

Celebrity and pro-dancer couples, James Van Der Beek and Emma Slater return to the ballroom and compete on the fifth week of the 2019 season of "Dancing with the Stars" | Photo: Getty Images

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IT CAN BE CONTAGIOUS

The children danced to the song from the "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl," with a lot of twirls, and in the caption of an Instagram post, James wrote:

"What you do with all your heart… can be contagious."

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The DWTS contestant and Brook's children — Olivia, Joshua, Annabel, Emilia, and Gwendolyn — are aged between 8 and 1, and the couple who got married in 2010 are expecting their sixth child.

They shared the news on Instagram with a post that acknowledged amid other things the dancer's wife's previous miscarriages and a message that it is not a stigma.

James equally expressed his joy at what he described as their baby's choice to become a part of their family, and he's ecstatic about increasing his family.

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