Want to brighten up your day? Take a peek at groom Ben Jones and his 59-year-old mother Janet Jones as they kick up their heels and get down to medley of over 10 popular songs from “The Twist” to the “Harlem Shake” in an exciting mother-son wedding dance!
On December 13, 2014 (12/13/14!), while Ben’s bride Shannon Jones and the rest of their wedding guests watched, the groom and his mom started dancing to the sweet “A Song for My Son” by Mikki Viereck. But after about two minutes of swaying, the mother-son wedding dance took a turn for something a bit more thrilling.
“It’s too cheesy!” Shouted the groom as the music screeches to a stop.
“Well it’s sweet, about you being a little boy and growing up!” His mother retorts.
Ben soothes his mother saying, “I know, I know, but this is a mother-son dance,” and when he tells her that it’s time to dance to his music, the tunes kick back in to “I Want You Back” by the Jackson Five, initiating the real mother-son wedding dance!
The groom, who owns video production company AngelDown Studios LLC, told The Knot his elementary school teacher wife had an inkling about the plan, but really didn’t know what was in store for her and their family and friends saying, “Shannon had an idea it was going to happen, but hadn’t seen it. The guests loved it.”
“A few years back, Ben told me that when he got married he wanted his wedding and reception to be different. He didn’t want to do the traditional mother-son dance like you see at all receptions, but something fun and different,” Janet told The Knot. “This was before we had ever even seen anything on video of mothers and sons dancing together.”
The musical Ben had proposed to Shannon at sunset in Florida with “flowers, a rose petal trail, and a professional keyboard,” he told The Knot. “I play the piano, so I proposed by learning and memorizing a song called More Precious which comes the from Scripture verse, Proverbs 31:10, ‘An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels.'” After one and a half years of dating, it was time for he and Shannon to tie the knot, and time for the groom to get his epic mother-son wedding dance on!
Ben was creating a groomsmen’s dance but had been inundated with work at his production company the week before the wedding, his mother shared with The Knot. Afraid that they wouldn’t get their fun mother-son wedding dance too, she took the lead in selecting songs, planning choreography, and teaching it all to Ben one night before they were going to perform!
“My mom is the one who actually put together the dance for us, and I learned it the night before the wedding,” Ben explained.
As the mother-son medley continues the pair wiggles, side-steps and struts around the floor to classics like the Bee Gee’s “Stayin’ Alive,” Chubby Checker’s “The Twist,” and Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” and “Thriller” – complete with a pretty great moonwalk and zombie “Thriller” choreography!
“I knew how much Ben wanted to do something together, and I had actually started getting excited about doing something as well,” Janet shared with The Knot. The first step was to create the playlist worthy of the mother-son wedding dance, including even more awesome dance-inducing tunes like KC & The Sunshine Band’s “Boogie Shoes, MC Hammer’s “U Can’t Touch This,” and the Sugar Hill Gang’s pelvic thrust-friendly jam “Apache (Jump On It)!”
“I started researching songs that were some of my favorites from my own childhood, as well as songs that were current for today’s younger generation – which included my son’s of course,” She told The Knot. “My husband and I work with college students, so we got their input as well as to what songs were ‘in’.”
The clever Mother-of-the-Groom added that she, “picked songs that had signature dance moves for the most part,” utilizing videos on the web to watch the dances while her daughter helped her figure out some of the trickier ones.
“I decided to take it upon myself to choreograph this dance myself and teach it to Ben the night before the wedding,” Janet told The Knot. “My daughter helped me with timing each song to the dances we would do. I recruited another young man to help put the songs I chose and where the song should start and stop on a flashdrive for me.”
She practiced the mother-son wedding dance choreography daily in front of a mirror for about two weeks before the wedding to prepare saying, “It had become my wedding project and gift to Ben for his big day.”
“The night before Ben’s wedding I introduced him to the songs we would dance to as well as teaching him the dance moves I had come up with. We were up half the night practicing, dancing, laughing and having what has become to me the most memorable and special time I have ever had with my son – and we’ve had some really special times together,” she shared with The Knot.
“Here was this 59 year old woman teaching her 31 year old son, some pretty crazy dance moves and enjoying every single second – something I will cherish forever!”
After some of the classic songs and choreography finish, the playlist changes to recognizable songs from the 2000s including NSYNC’s “Bye, Bye, Bye,” Psy’s “Gangnam Style,” Baaueer’s “Harlem Shake,” “LMFAO’s Party Rock Anthem,” and Soulja Boy’s “Crank That (Soulja Boy).” This mother-son wedding dance is packed! For teaching her son this many songs in one night, Janet deserves the fame!
The mother-son wedding dance closed with a song fitting of the entire energetic, hilarious and epic fun – “Unforgettable” by Nat King Cole and his daughter Natalie Cole. The couple joined together again, Ben’s arm wrapped around his mom’s waist as they swayed until the song’s close, ending with a big hug and double high fives.
“The dance went off just as we had practiced and I think our reception party was most impressed with the fact it came together the night before,” Janet told The Knot. “It was one of the most fun times I can remember having. My last dance with my son before he would no longer be just mine became something pretty special to us.”