Do Mormons Dance?


By: Danny Rasmussen //

As a Mormon, you get lots of questions. Do you smoke? Do you drink? Do you swear? To most of those, we answer no. But there is one question we answer with a resounding YES.

Do Mormons Dance?

DO WE EVER!

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, forgetting they are white and middle-aged.

I know what you’re thinking: MAKE IT STOP FOR THE LOVE PLEASE, PLEASE MAKE IT STOP!

That’s fair.

But despite what you have just seen and what you may have heard about us, we Mormons are actually pretty fine dancers. It’s in our blood.

Pioneers Dancing

Modern Mormons reenacting their ancestors’ wild moves.

While crossing the plains from the Midwest to Utah, early Mormon pioneers danced in the evenings as pretty much their only form of entertainment. This will make a lot more sense when you see how we Mormons dance. While Mormon dance moves may not be conventional, they are certainly entertaining.

Here are a few examples of prominent Mormons showing their moves, some with more success than others.

1. Mormon and former NBA forward Mark Madsen dances at the 2001 Lakers World Championship celebration with Shaq and Kobe.

See if you can count the lassos.

2. Jimmer is probably a better dancer than Mad Dog.

3. In 2009, Donny Osmond won “Dancing With the Stars” despite this pose.

Donny Osmond Dance Pose

4. His sister Marie tried, too, but unfortunately fell short (pun intended and don’t worry she was fine).

5. Even Mormon convert Gladys Knight appeared on the show.

Gladys Knight Dancing

6. Returned-missionary Benji Schwimmer won “So You Think You Can Dance?” while still a practicing Mormon. While trained in ballroom, he showed his versatility with this hip-hop routine:

7. Mormon Chelsie Hightower came close to winning SYTYCD, and has since gone on to appear on seven seasons of “Dancing with the Stars”.

Chelsie Hightower Dancing

8. But the greatest Mormon dancer of all-time?

Just kidding. It’s baby Ryan Gosling.

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    Justin Miller

    funny you bring up Dante Basco…he was in my auto shop class at Los Al High school and I shared a Book of Mormon with him…he could have been but never was (yet)?

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