Bride’s Elaborately Choreographed Wedding Dance Divides Internet

A spectacular wedding dance has gone viral on TikTok, with viewers heaping praise on the bride for pulling off the elaborately choreographed routine on her big day.

However, not everyone commenting on the post was so impressed with the newlywed’s efforts on the dance floor.

With couples seeking increasingly inventive ways to make their wedding that bit more memorable, dance routines have quickly become popular among brides and grooms.

It’s a chance to create something eye-catching, memorable and, in the age of social media, potentially your very own viral moment to look back on forever. But a good dance routine takes time, effort and, above all, practice.

Reba Brown, assistant director at New York-based wedding choreography business Ajna, told Brides it’s crucial to start work on the routine as soon as you can.

“While it’s obvious that everybody has a different learning curve, we always recommend starting early since things can get crazy as the weddings get closer,” she said. “We also want people to feel confident and comfortable performing which comes with practice. We recommend starting 2-3 months before the big day.”

While practice undoubtedly makes perfect, Nicolle Wolicki, 30, the bride who stars in the viral wedding dance video, had something of a head start in that respect. A self-proclaimed “Twerk instructor,” Wolicki’s Facebook account states that she works as a dance teacher at URJ Camp Newman Institute for Living Judaism in Santa Rosa, California, and currently resides in Tel-Aviv, Israel.

So it goes without saying that, when it comes to dance routines, she’s got some experience behind her. But if any further proof of that was required, the video she posted to TikTok under the handle twerktimewithnicolle, should provide it.

In the clip, Wolicki can be seen, front and center, performing an energetic dance at what appears to be her own wedding. It can be watched here.

She can be seen strutting her stuff in what looks like a modified version of her wedding dress, while seven backing dancers dressed in black move around, in sync, behind her.

Performing to a remixed version of the Sean Paul hit “Shake That Thing,” Wolicki leads the group in a breathtaking routine, while guests watch and take pictures and videos from all around them.

There are audible gasps and cheers throughout the dance, with Wolicki pulling it off in style – despite admitting she may have been ever so slightly incapacitated after possibly enjoying a glass or two of champagne earlier in the reception.

“Can you tell I was a little bit drunk,” she writes alongside the clip, which is one of several shared to her TikTok account showcasing her impressive efforts.

Another shows Wolicki in her full wedding dress, further confirming the likelihood that she changed out of the gown to perform the dance.

This clip chronicling her dance routine, however, appeared to strike a chord with many on social media. At the time of writing it had already been watched 7.4 million times, with many viewers full of praise for the bride’s efforts on her big day.

Ava Dečman wrote: “Drunk or not, YOU WERE AMAZING! QUEENS!” with Alexa Sophia agreeing: “You killed this.” Jennascibetta said she did an “amazing job” while Sarvannah concurred: “You killed it.”

For others, the video served as something approaching inspiration. Anahera_20 tagged a friend writing: “you should do this at your wedding” and blacksandy tagged her fiance commenting: “imagine this in our wedding.”

Not everyone was impressed though. User3623966821837 said: “When did weddings become the bride’s private dance show? Like… it’s a freakin’ wedding, not dancing with the stars.”

Gordinaramsey commented: “Watching these gives me second hand embarrassment every time” while Bridget Maloney wrote: “I’m convinced that people that perform at their weddings with their wedding party do those weird ‘shows’ for their families as kids like every day.”

Wolicki told Newsweek her work also sees her perform alongside singers and in commercials and music videos.

To create the routine, she enlisted the help of the cheerleaders from the Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball team, which she was previously part of.

“The routine was totally new, we did it especially for the wedding. A friend helped do the choreography with me,” she said. “I met up with the dancers twice. They learned everything. They are professional dancers, so it only took two rehearsals.”

Wolicki wanted to do the routine straight after the ceremony as she was “stressed out” thinking about it and “wanted it to be perfect.” But then everyone started drinking and dancing, so it wasn’t the right time.

“I kept being given shots too so eventually I had to tell the dancers let’s do it now or I’m going to get too drunk,” she said. “I was a little bit tipsy and my head was spinning. When we finished everyone was so excited and screaming and it was crazy.”

She said she organized the routine as a “surprise” for her husband. He loved it. “It lifted up the party a bit more and that was what was important. We didn’t want to have a wedding, we wanted to have a party,” she explained.

The dance was especially emotional given what had happened a day earlier.

“The night before the wedding there was a shooting in Tel-Aviv,” she explained.

“A lot of people started sending me messages saying they were afraid of coming. Then on the morning of my wedding I got messages from some of my best friends saying they felt anxious and would not be able to attend.”

Wolicki said she began to worry that no one would turn up and “because if my best friends were not coming, who would be?”

But that all changed when she stepped inside the church and saw over 200 guests.

“I started crying. It was so emotional and so special. They gave us so much love.”

That feeling of love helped spur her on during the dance. “When I performed the routine I could just feel the love and support of everyone around me,” she said. “There was such a good energy. It was so amazing.”

Overjoyed at how things turned out, Wolicki is happy to bat away any criticism.

“It got so much love. I don’t care about the haters, I respect everyone. It’s amazing,” she said.

“I teach twerk. I live in a religious country. I know what it means. When people come to my classes they see how hard it is. It’s a sport. When I dance I don’t see it as sexual, I see it as empowerment. I feel strong. I feel like a strong woman.”

Nicolle Wolicki and a team of dancers.
Nicolle Wolicki and her team of dancers – the new bride showed off her dazzling dance skills in a routine that required just two rehearsals.
Nicolle Wolicki

Update 04/25/22 at 10:20 a.m. ET. This article was updated with quotes and video from Nicolle Wolicki.