Have you ever visited YouTube? It’s all the rage now from music videos for your favorite soap opera characters to personal video clips shared with the whole family and much, more. YouTube is also becoming the hot venue for couples looking to show off and get noticed with their first dance. Among some of the dances I’ve seen couples do on YouTube includes a bride, groom and their wedding party delivering a great rendition of Michael Jackson’s Thriller.
Can You Imagine Creating a Spectacle?
It’s hard for me to imagine dancing our first dance to something that’s designed to make a spectacle in order to get noticed on YouTube. Apparently, I’m in a minority. It used to be couples would attend an Arthur Murray dance studio to master a waltz or perhaps a livelier cha-cha to make your first dance magical.
Now, imagine if you can, the idea of spending thousands of dollars and dozens of hours working with a special choreographer and shanghaiing your wedding party into joining in all the practice – all just to create a three to five minute spectacle to be uploaded on to YouTube.
So What is Going On?
So what’s with the dance craze associated with weddings? Why spend months in dance preparation for a few minutes of showing off during the reception? Some experts are blaming the reality programs and contest shows such as American Idol and Dancing With the Stars as well as a generation weaned on music videos from MTV, VH1 and more.
Not to mention, the world has come along way from the disposable cameras and the giant hand-held VHS video cameras. Video cameras are smaller and it seems like everyone has one. Combine that with a fire wire that lets you plug the camera right into your computer and producing a video takes a few minutes and uploading it a few minutes more.
Can you imagine performing Thriller, Saturday Night Fever or even your own personal rendition of Mary Poppins to show off to the Internet?
If you’re curious about these and other wedding videos, head over to YouTube and do a search on wedding videos or wedding dance or the songs you’re interested in – such as Thriller and more. You might surprise yourself with what you find.