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Ryan Gosling Responds to Dance Video from LDS Childhood

March 11, 2015
source: LDS Living

A new video of a young, then-LDS Ryan Gosling dancing in a recital has prompted a review of his dance moves, including footage from an LDS talent show.

Did you know that famous actor Ryan Gosling was raised as a Latter-day Saint? Before he was performing in blockbuster hits like The Notebook and Crazy, Stupid Love, he was performing in dance recitals and even on the stage of his LDS chapel in a ward talent show.

Yesterday, a new video from 1992 showcasing a young Ryan Gosling's dance moves came to light, sparking a renewed interest in Gosling's history with dance. Check out the brief dance summary from Now This News--the first clip is the new footage from 1992, the second clip is from an LDS talent show in 1991:

The full video from the stake talent show has over 1.7 million views and features Gosling performing with his sister, Mandi. 

The video's description shares: "This was before he won the spot on the Mickey Mouse Club. My family and I were there at the time and filmed everything. A couple years later we found this video collecting dust in our garage, so we posted it on YouTube!"

Check out Gosling singing "When a Man Loves a Woman" and dancing to C+C Music Factory. It's pretty adorable.

In light of the review of his dancing skills, Gosling tweeted a gracious and witty response to the sudden attention on his childhood dance moves:

Though Gosling is no longer active in the faith, some Latter-day Saints still have a love for Gosling-related viral content in the form of funny, LDS-themed "Hey, Girl memes" like these:

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Comments 19 comments

unchainedmelody said...

07:38 AM
on Jun 20, 2012

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Although Elvis died before he could further explore joining the church in his lifetime, his work has been done and one can inquire of the Lord to find out if he has accepted that work.

spriteandme said...

04:37 PM
on Jun 30, 2012

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@moxie Sorry, but that is not right. It doesn't matter if he's fallen away from the church. We still need to respect him and love him as a son of God :) That's what the Church says, right?

kyraharmon said...

06:30 PM
on Mar 11, 2015

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Does he remember the chick that danced with him in the talent show video?

outwiththeold said...

06:37 PM
on Mar 11, 2015

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Moxie's comment the most pervasive sentiment that plagues the LDS religion today. The LDS religion is the most exclusive christian religions that breeds this kind of thinking. Had it been Moxies way Jesus only would have dealt with those in white shirts and full tithe payers. But last time I checked he hung out with the jezebels and the poorest of them all.

pzign said...

12:49 AM
on Mar 12, 2015

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Isn't it nice that we live in a world where if you don't embrace the "world" people are intolerant, criticize and label you? I agree with Moxie. I think to a degree LDS Living is celebrating Ryan whatever his name is. They can find better examples to celebrate. Is it funny, yes. Is it wrong that they posted it, no. They can manage their magazine how they see fit. It's an opinion.

heatherm said...

10:37 AM
on Mar 12, 2015

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First of all dilce1920 ... The LDS Faith is not a "colt" as it is not a young male horse!! Secondly, If you find all things LDS so abhorrent, how about this, you just don't pay attention to them. All you have done with your ignorant comment is make yourself look bad. Furthermore, proof reading is very valuable when posting to a public forum. It goes very far in helping you to appear more intelligent than you apparently are!!

jmdesign said...

10:43 AM
on Mar 12, 2015

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dilce1920 did you just say "colt". LOL! LDS Living is a magazine that is basically entertainment for LDS people, lighten up, it's not our doctrine.

swimmermom said...

10:44 AM
on Mar 12, 2015

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I personally liked the article...I've seen the dance video of Ryan gosling on Facebook and didn't realize it was from a stake talent show. 😍 I have a couple of brothers who have left the church for various reasons..and I would hate to think members of my faith would cast them aside, and not want anything to do with them...because of their choices. They are still children of God. And by the way dilce1920..I think colts are cute! 🐴

kevinmeadows said...

11:08 AM
on Mar 12, 2015

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We are children of God. No matter what we believe. People have free agency. God gave us all the freedom to make choices. God loves us all and allows us to make decisions. Ryan Gosling is a good actor. He is a Son of God. We all should love one another unconditionally. We don't know what crosses they have to bear or what has happened to them. That to me is what following Christ means.

lookingforsomethinginspirtional said...

11:26 AM
on Mar 12, 2015

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While Christ came to save us all, and loves us all, he did not hold the apostates up as those we should emulate or "glorify". While Ryan is a Child of God should we hold him and his choices as examples for our youth? Should we tear down Moxie? I am saddened at this chain of responses. We live in a time where celebrities have become our graven images. LDS Living...maybe strive for the "Good, Better, Best" policy when sharing so called LDS "news".

regentsblue said...

11:37 AM
on Mar 12, 2015

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My three children were raised in the church, but choose not to be active, either. Still, I believe that the gospel is still "in there" and that, at some time in the future, they will return. Read the D&C about the children of righteous, prayerful parents. Ryan Gosling, like so many young people, drifted from the church and doesn't attend at present. How does anyone know that it isn't still "in there"? Here is what I think: let's not give up on anyone. Can we deal with that?

seriously_ridiculous said...

12:16 PM
on Mar 12, 2015

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AGAIN! Another article bringing unnecessary attention to an "LDS" actor that is clearly no longer LDS. In movies that are filled with content that is clearly not in line with LDS standards. It is pretty irrelevant that Ryan Gosling WAS LDS when he has obviously chosen to ignore and/or compromise that upbringing. For all who want to say "don't judge" and "Christ would never do that" and “my brother left the church too; there’s still hope” ... the point is not whether Ryan Gosling is a good man or not. Whether he is a child of God or not. Whether we all make mistakes or not. Whether he can be forgiven and return to the gospel or not. (It's not even whether the LDS church is a cult or not.) The point is simply ... who cares!? Nobody is judging Ryan Gosling and condemning him for not being LDS at this point in his life. We are, however, making judgments on what constitutes a decent LDS Living article and preferring one that focuses on people who are actually living LDS standards. This magazine spends so much space on "the world" and things that are of no worth. It is rare that their email teasers include something of real value, something pointing to Christ instead of away from Him. I am continually disappointed at the numerous articles praising those who have put off LDS standards to live and find success "in the world." I have no opinion of Ryan Gosling making that choice in his life ... (many members of my family do not go to church either and I don’t think they are damned heathens) … but I do have an opinion of a magazine called LDS LIVING making it seem as though this actor has done something praiseworthy or of good report by once being an LDS child and dancing in a talent show. Leave this stuff to youtube and those who want to find it on their own. Don’t pave the path right to so many people who are clearly not making the choices we know to be right.

jjm said...

12:45 PM
on Mar 12, 2015

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The Mickey Mouse club doesn't have a very good track record of a positive influence on the kids they recruit.

utahkiwi said...

01:32 PM
on Mar 12, 2015

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Seriously_Ridiculous: Amen to that! and to those like outwiththeold who continue to blame the church for some individual's viewpoint as if it's an official statement from the Church, can I just say, "People, grow up! Individuals make comments. They are their opinions and NOT the church's."

duckgirl said...

01:01 AM
on Mar 13, 2015

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It's an adorable video, he had such talent, even back then! Unfortunately the first video isn't showing up on here, just a big blank white space, and same for where his tweet was supposed to be, just blank space.

latino_pogy said...

12:14 PM
on Mar 13, 2015

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What about the one that took the footage ? What about the efforts to record his dance move ?

toni1234 said...

07:49 AM
on Mar 19, 2015

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To seriously_ridiculous, Very well said. I agree immensely. I would much rather hear a redemptive story than praising one who has chosen to not live the standards of the Church. Harry Reid embarrasses me enough... please stop adding to it.

mattmcmatters said...

02:43 PM
on Mar 24, 2015

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Totally agreed with seriously_rediculous. The church is not now nor ever will be mainstream. No need to use useless devices like this to try and make it seem as such.

momw said...

10:03 AM
on Mar 31, 2015

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Wow...he was one crazy talented kid ...and his sister too!Let's celebrate their talent and accomplishments and not try to judge if that is "worthy of being celebrated"...lest we might not make that category either! Awesome talent Ryan and sister! You made me smile !
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