We all know the traditional father-daughter dance at a wedding is pretty much the most emotional moment. I mean, if you’re anything like me, you’re crying from the minute it starts to the minute it ends. No shame in that. But, I have to say, there’s always that one wedding dance where someone stirs the pot and puts an epic little twist to it. Just like with this amazing father and daughter duo from Utah.
Mikayla Ellison Phillips and her dad Nathan Ellison (also known as Nate-daddy) clearly know how to put on an unforgettable show, because I couldn’t stop crying… from laughter. This duo went out with a bang and danced to everything from pop, rock, funk, jazz, you name it, it’s there! The video begins with both father and daughter gracefully dancing a slow dance to the beautiful “Butterfly Kisses”, as the guests start to tear up at the tender moment. BUT, the dancers (because that is what they are after watching this), immediately stop as the music comes to a screeching halt, transitioning to MC Hammer’s “Can’t Touch This”.
The dad immediately whips out two pairs of glasses, and in front of their wedding guests, the two go full ‘Hammer Time’ mode, hammering their way across the dance floor. From the hip swinging to booty shaking, to the running man, it’s safe to say the duo kills their epic father-daughter wedding dance moves on the floor. They had a medley all the great dance songs including “Party Rock Anthem” by LMFAO to “Bye Bye Bye” by *NSYNC. Honestly, I’m pretty impressed with the dad’s moves, he dances better than I do! I mean, do you think he took lessons? He had some rehearsing, right!
According to Mikayla’s friend, Bethany Petersen of BP Film & Photo, who uploaded the video of the big day dance mashup to YouTube, the father wanted to post the choreographed dance routine to show all dads “to never pass up a chance to dance with their daughters.” The dance was a way to treat his daughter, the Utah bride, how she should be treated, “as a princess”. Although this is pretty much the best video I’ve seen involving ‘nontraditional’ father-daughter dances, I’m surprised how many I saw on YouTube. Apparently, it’s a thing to go to the dark side and dance the night away! Check out some of my favorites below!
Editor’s note: This article was originally published on September 19, 2018.