Couple Shows Why Not to Try Dirty Dancing Lift at Home

UK couple didn't have the time of their life during practice run for their wedding
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 13, 2017 11:33 AM CDT
Their Dirty Dancing Lift Failed. It Was Still a Knockout
The moment the lift went very, very wrong.   (SWNS)

A word of warning if you're planning an elaborate wedding dance in the hope that it'll make a splash online. As an engaged couple in the UK recently learned, it might go viral for reasons other than the ones you anticipated—and even result in a trip to the emergency room. In what was thankfully a trial run of the dance they planned on performing at their wedding next year, Sharon and Andy Price attempted the famous lift from Dirty Dancing and ended up crumpled on the ground in Weston-super-Mare, England, report the SWNS and Bristol Post. The couple—who've seen Dirty Dancing more than 30 times—say they were at a beer garden when they decided the lift would be a great addition to their wedding dance.

"We immediately set about trying to re-create that iconic moment," says Sharon, 52. "But it's fair to say it didn't go to plan." As a relative snapped photos, Sharon ran at Andy, 51. But instead of being lifted into the air, she collided with her groom-to-be and fell to the ground, winded. Andy, meanwhile, was knocked unconscious. "At first our family thought we were just messing about, but they soon realized we had actually really hurt ourselves" and called an ambulance, Sharon says. "We are OK now, but Andy has a bruised back and neck and my back still hurts." She adds the couple will be opting for a "more sedate" first dance at their wedding next October. "I think we're going to go for a slow one," she says. (More United Kingdom stories.)

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