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Richmond dancer, groomsmen surprise ballerina bride with epic wedding dance

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Posted at 11:26 AM, Aug 17, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-17 11:26:44-04

RICHMOND, Va. — A professional dancer surprised his new bride with an amazing nearly eight-minute dance with his groomsmen at his wedding reception.

The bride, Valerie Tellmann is a Richmond Ballet ballerina. Her husband Kirk Henning is also a professional dancer.

Kirk Henning and Valerie Tellman were married on July 25, 2015

Kirk Henning and Valerie Tellman were married on July 25, 2015

The couple’s wedding reception took place on July 25, on the same stage the two have shared as dancers in performances for the Richmond Ballet.

Tellman-Henning said, in an interview with the Richmond  Times-Dispatch, that she was surprised by the dance routine though she had originally hoped for something like it.

“I told him early on in the wedding planning process, ‘Well, I hope you’re working on your groomsmen dance for me,’” Tellmann-Henning said. “But he was so busy with touring and school, he said, ‘Valerie, it’s just not going to happen.’”

The video shows off some the dance moves of a group of eight men.

The video shows off some the dance moves of a group of eight men.

But Kirk told the paper he knew “how important it was to her.”

So four months ago, he collaborated with his groomsmen for the dance.

They opened up with “Uptown Funk.” It included other songs like Britney Spears’ “You Drive Me Crazy,” “Dangerzone” and “Brad Paisley’s “The World.”

It ended with Walk the Moon’s “Shut up and Dance with Me,” and guests joined the bride and groom, both grinning ear-to-ear.

On the last song the audience joined the couple.

On the last song the audience joined the couple.

The video was posted on Aug. 11 and so far has registered almost 300,000 views, guaranteed to reach more this week as it goes viral.

Three months ago the couple spoke about their 10 plus years journey toward marriage.