Bride surprises guests with four-minute dance routine

Rehearsals in full swing for the wedding dance

Rehearsals in full swing for the wedding dance - Credit: Archant

An ex-student from Saffron Walden County High School surprised her wedding guests with a four-minute-long dance routine on Tuesday (July 21).

Rehearsals in full swing for the wedding dance

Rehearsals in full swing for the wedding dance - Credit: Archant

An ex-student from Saffron Walden County High School surprised her wedding guests with a four-minute-long dance routine on Tuesday (July 21).

Beverley Hockley, 29, and her husband James Parris, 26, took to the dance floor with the bride’s dance troupe friends to perform an array of hits including C’est La Vie and You Sure Do; a routine they had been rehearsing for three weeks.

Beverley told the Reporter: “All of the songs were personal to us; we love garage music. It was a big surprise for everybody; no one knew about it.”

While Beverley is used to learning choreography, working at Hip Hop Pop in Harlow and having danced since she was 16, James took a little more persuading before the big day.

“I asked him if he wanted to do a dance routine for the day and he said he was not sure, but I said it would just be so funny and he agreed,” she said.

“We spent five hours rehearsing in total, a few hours each Sunday for three weeks, and he learnt it all. He absolutely loved it and now he wants to come to the dance classes.”

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Finding time to practise outside class proved tricky, though.

Beverley added: “We practised a couple of times at home, but we both live with our parents so there was always someone in which meant we could not play the music.

“We went to look around the venue at one point and ended up practising the routine in one of the rooms upstairs.”

Once the big day had arrived though, James was quietly confident.

“He was so nervous about the speech, but he did not say anything about the dance,” she said.

“I asked him if he wanted to go over anything, but he did not say one thing about it. He loved it though and he is smiling throughout the whole thing. It was a brilliant day.”

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