Your First Dance & YouTube

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.

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About Heather Long

Heather Long is 35 years old and currently lives in Wylie, Texas. She has been a freelance writer for six years. Her husband and she met while working together at America Online over ten years ago. They have a beautiful daughter who just turned five years old. She is learning to read and preparing for kindergarten in the fall. An author of more than 300 articles and 500+ web copy pieces, Heather has also written three books as a ghostwriter. Empty Canoe Publishing accepted a novel of her own. A former horse breeder, Heather used to get most of her exercise outside. In late 2004, early 2005 Heather started studying fitness full time in order to get herself back into shape. Heather worked with a personal trainer for six months and works out regularly. She enjoys shaking up her routine and checking out new exercises. Her current favorites are the treadmill (she walks up to 90 minutes daily) and doing yoga for stretching. She also performs strength training two to three times a week. Her goals include performing in a marathon such as the Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness or Team in Training for Lymphoma research. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience through the fitness and marriage blogs.