The first dance between a husband and wife is always special, no matter whether it’s a two-step or a seven-minute choreographed spectacular.
When former gymnast Lana Bolender was asked by her fiancé if she wanted to do a duo Lyra dance – which involves spinning on a hoop suspended in the air – she decided to go for it.
Though this type of dance is normally performed by professional aerial acrobats in circus acts, Lana and husband-to-be Chris, who also trained in gymnastics as a child, knew they could pull it off.
And they did just that – performing a beautiful five-minute choreography in the air while Lana wore a short white dress and Chris wore braces, as it was their special day after all.
The surprising part wasn’t just their carefully orchestrated routine either, it was that Lana was 11 weeks pregnant at the time she performed. But their guests were none the wiser.
Lana, from New York, spoke to Metro.co.uk to tell us how they managed to pull it all off.
(Picture: Lana Bolender)
(Picture: Lana Bolender)‘Chris and I are not professional aerialist or dancers. I was a competitive gymnast for 15 years,’ she explained. ‘Chris practiced gymnastics until he was 10, and is now an avid climber, surfer, free diver, and all around talented man.
‘I have practiced Lyra on and off for the last few years, while Chris had no experience at all. We practiced, choreographed and trained this routine for two and a half months.
‘We did not choreograph this ourselves. Teresa Shogren is our choreographer. We were inspired to collaborate with my dear friend Moorea who performed the song I Can’t Tell live at the wedding.
‘This dance was made to share as a gift with our guests. They were all surprised by it and so supportive. The cute secret of it all is I was 11 weeks pregnant in the video, (currently 14 weeks).’
Though it looked amazing, rehearsing the choreography while pregnant wasn’t easy. But partner Chris got her through the tough times.
‘There were many days of extreme nausea and difficulty,’ added Lana. ‘In so many ways this practice got me through it. While dry heaving and being very emotional. I’m so glad we stuck through and it all worked out so beautifully.’
Caption: Lauren Bolender‘My love Chris, this would have never been a reality without your idea to do a duo Lyra performance. You remained so solid, loving and supportive during all the intense ups and downs of the first trimester. I’m so thankful to share this life with you,’ she wrote on her Facebook.
They have certainly raised the bar for first wedding dances.
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