Utah Jazz dancer got the surprise of a lifetime at a halftime show

It’s a dancer’s worst nightmare. You are in the middle of a spectacle that you have been rehearsing over and over again when all of a sudden you forget what you are doing. Everyone is in sync and you are desperately out of step, desperately trying not to show that you are completely lost.

It is kind of what happened to Utah Jazz dancer Danielle Bush earlier this week during a halftime basketball performance. Bush didn’t forget the routine, however, that suddenly changed for her in the midst of it. The song, the routine, all that. To her credit, Bush rallied, smiled, and did her best to improvise, but it was clear she was lost. During 20 seconds of torture, she tried to keep pace, then she realized what was really going on.

What started out as a nightmare turned into a heartwarming surprise for the rest of his fellow dancers.


How can a video be so painful to watch and yet end with such a happy ending? The poor girl was so confused until she actually heard what the song had been changed to – “Marry You” by Bruno Mars – and realized that it must have been changed for her.

According to KSL News, the proposal had been planned in secret since the beginning of the month. Bush’s (now engaged) boyfriend Brandon had asked Ashley Kelson, director of Jazz Dancers, if it was possible to ask the question in the field.

“I wanted it to be big and special for her for sure,” Kelson said at the outlet. “Making it part of the routine was so much fun.”

Kelson scheduled Bush to be at a community event during a rehearsal where the other dancers learned the alternate routine. The team only had one practice to repeat the proposal, and they did it beautifully.

“It was an honor to plan with Brandon and be a part of their special moment and just proud of my team for keeping a surprise,” Kelson said. “It was definitely a team effort.”

And it was definitely a proposition to remember. Congratulations, Danielle and Brandon!

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