The Dance Wedding

IMG_5348I had the pleasure of experiencing a rather unique wedding in St. Louis a few days ago.

Two friends, Jess and Scott, got married on Saturday. I play board games with Jess, but she has another hobby: She dances. A lot. So does Scott–that’s how they met.

Many of the people they invited to their wedding were Jess and Scott’s dance friends. The ceremony was short, but it featured a lot of different songs, and I could tell the dance folks were itching to start dancing.

I didn’t think I cared about dancing until I watched Jess and Scott’s first dance. It was pretty incredible. Jess’ wedding dress was made for dancing, and it was clear they were completely in sync with each other.

At some weddings people have to be dragged onto the dance floor. That definitely wasn’t the case on Saturday. I expected a big rush, but it seemed like the dancers knew to give each other space–with the moves they were doing, they needed it.

One fascinating aspect of the evening was watching how often the dancers switched partners. Many of them were there with one specific partner, but it seemed completely normal to have a different partner with every dance. Gender didn’t seem to matter much at all–it was pleasantly progressive.

I’m a terrible dancer, and it was intimidating to watch these people dance. I wanted to dance the way they were, but I knew I couldn’t, so I just got up there for one slower song. But it made me want to move the way those dancers can. Also, the band was great (I think they were called Philadelphia Slim).

Have you ever been to a wedding like this? Did you try to keep up with the near-professional dancers?