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Parents of toddler who shot to fame with her adorable reaction at Christmas dance recital We were overjoyed she found us

Shameel Shams

A 3-year-old's joyous reaction during a holiday concert has everyone's hearts melting online. Chelsea Krow earlier this week released a TikTok video of her daughter Emmy at her Christmas dancing recital. In the accompanying caption, Krow wrote, "Pure joy when she finds her family in the crowd."

When the video plays, an off-camera person shouts out "Emmy!" and as Emmy looks toward the voice, she laughs and grins from ear to ear before waving excitedly to the audience and wiping away tears of delight. Emmy was onstage with her Unity Dance Spectrum friends in Chicopee, Massachusetts, for her first Christmas performance, according to Krow.

"She was so excited (and a little nervous)! She had so much fun and we were so proud!" Krow said in a statement. Krow's video post quickly went viral, with over 15 million views on TikTok in only three days. "We are so thrilled with the response and how positive everyone has been! She has spread so much love and joy. It's so nice to see humanity united in a positive way," Krow added.

'She has such a big heart she has always worn on her sleeve. We were thrilled she could see us in the crowd and knew were all there to support her.' Emmy, the three-year-old, said how she found her family amid the crowd by noticing one distinct family member. 'Emmy said she could see Laurel waving to her on stage,' the mom said. 

Seeing her one-year-old baby sister so eager to see her on stage made the young girl cry. 'Emmy said she was so happy to see her sister she cried! We told her not all tears are sad tears, and that we were so proud of her,' Chelsea said. Emmy's reaction was also shared by country musician Walker Hayes in an Instagram post, in which he utilized his own song 'Face In the Crowd' to express his love for the cute viral video.

His video has over 35,000 likes and hundreds of comments. 'This is why you show up for everything when you have children. Memories made,' wrote one commenter. Yep. Just left grandson#3’s preschool Christmas program and we are driving 4 hours to see grandchild #4’s Christmas ballet program tomorrow. It matters to them,' wrote another.

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