The Orgill family will be the first to admit they have their share of family problems - or maybe even more since they have eight children. But they deal with those challenges in an unusual way - having a family dance party.
This family of eight children recently released their fifth annual Christmas dance video, and, like last year's video, it's going viral.
"We have a lot of struggles as a family as well, just like most families, but it's moments like this when we put all that aside and just live in the moment and enjoy being together. That is the glue that really keeps us together," Melanie, the second of the Orgill children, told FamilyShare. "Family is everything to us, and this is just one way we make our relationships a priority.
"Our mom and dad would have us act out little plays like Disney stories and original stories as well," Melaine said. "It was the kind of thing we did all the time growing up."
They didn't set out to start a tradition when they made their first Christmas dance video, which included everyone wearing their Mom's old ugly Christmas sweaters, but they enjoyed making it so much that it's now an annual event. Each year their dance video is even more elaborate than the last (although the sweaters remain the same).
Last year, their video went viral for the first time.
The family was shocked.
They were featured on ABC, Yahoo and countless local and international news coverage in Australia, the UK and Japan. All eight children were also interviewed by the producers of the Ellen Degeneres show. Although they didn't make it on the show, it's still the family's dream to meet Ellen.
None of the family members have ever taken a legitimate dance class, but several of the siblings grew up performing little routines at their local church and some sang in high school show choirs. Melaine said this facy shouldn't be a surprise to anyone who's watched this year's video based on the amount of jazz hands that were crammed into their dance.
While they all enjoy this tradition, Melaine said it can be super exhausting.
"The hardest part is when it gets super late and some of us are happy with a particular filming of the dance, and others want to keep going until it's 'perfect'!" she said. "We'd be lying if we said we didn't have a few diva moments where one of us retreats to our proverbial trailer for a bit. But we always manage to find the humor in it and laugh it off in the end."
In the past, they all choregraphed the dance together, but because they wouldn't have enough time together this year, the fourth sibling, Ammon (who Melaine said is hands down the most enthusastic about the tradition), and Kalin, the sixth sibling, choreographed it before they all got together.
Family of 8 siblings performs 2016 Christmas Dance complete with the Mannequin challenge and Juju on that Beat using songs from Pentatonix and Mariah Carey. #familygoals #christmas
YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIGXGenTy4E
2015 Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igNnmuZXWAg
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