More and more newlyweds are including surprise dance performances to entertain their wedding guests.
Some have opted to go with traditional or sentimental songs. Some have used mash-up off 90’s or a mix of current and classic songs. Some have used the classic and timeless Dirty Dancing sequence, complete with the lift. Some have had Bollywood-style performances with their friends while some were serenaded by Ed Sheeran as a surprise. And of course, who can forget the memorable wedding entrance where the party danced to Chris Brown’s Forever?
This one is different though.
Aside from the bride and groom performing with their bridal party to Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal”, they also were only able to practice online before this. Yes, the wedding party learned and practiced the dance sequence via the internet before the wedding.
The only time they rehearsed the dance all together in person was the night before the wedding!
Talk about commitment and friendship!
Jeff Loehrke, the groom, started on the dance floor on his own, dressed up like Michael Jackson. He led the bridal party into a wedding dance performance that has stood timeless.
Jeff Loehrke is a video creator and sports enthusiast currently based in Brandon, Mississippi. He’s also a Motion Designer at Pinelake Church, Brandon, MS, and a Freelance Motion Designer and Animator at JEL Production.
He is not a professional dancer or choreographer. And neither is his wife, Cara Loehrke, an account executive at an auto insurance company. They created the performance initially to entertain their guests.
But when a video of their performance was uploaded on YouTube, they entertained viewers around the world as well.
Paula Gilliland said four years ago, ” . . . It’s hard to dance like MJ and he did an awesome job.” Justa G said, “The groom was STELLAR! He rocked it! That guy can move. This was the best wedding dance video I’ve seen yet.”
Archeaglefly said “FANTASTIC -Congratulations! Well wishes! And the best to each and everyone involved in the creation, love and the existence of all who view this beautiful communion of love.”
In fact, they’ve amassed quite a following and some naysayers, too. But not to worry, their fans have been protecting them all these years. Vampirepunter was one of those who defended the couple and said, “987 dislikes…proof that there are people in this world who can never try to be happy. But not you. I know I’m late but I hope your marriage is as awesome as this dance. I wish you two all the best!”
C Lane said, “Why would you thumbs down this? 502 [people] did not like what this groom went out of his way to do to make his wedding memorable. That is sad. Grow up [people]. He did awesome.”
More and more wedding couples are now figuring out more creative ways to entertain their guests at their wedding. And what’s more, even their families and friends are doing the same thing, choreographing creative performances to entertain the couple and the guests.
Weddings have definitely come a long way from the usual traditions from the past.
Now, it’s a way to show the couple’s personality, and creativity, their gratitude for the people who support and love them, and a memorable celebration of a new life together.
Watch the video below for a very entertaining wedding dance from start to finish!
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