A couple who went from sharing the stage in a Broadway musical to sparking up a romance behind the red curtain injected a little bit of theater magic into their wedding celebrations by performing an incredible Tony Award-worthy dance routine in place of the more traditional first dance.
Former Rockette-turned-fitness trainer Amanda Kloots, 35, and Tony-nominated actor Nick Cordero, 38, wed on Sunday, September 3 in New York City and wasted no time in hitting the dance floor after the ceremony to wow their guests with a spectacular performance that even included a quick costume change.
With Nick still performing on Broadway and Amanda working as a dancer, the duo, who met while starring in Bullets Over Broadway, put on quite the professional performance for their guests, twirling and cha cha-ing to the sounds of It Had To Be You – the song that Nick sang at the audition for the play that drew them together.
Love on Broadway! manda Kloots, 35, and Nick Cordero, 38, met on the set of Bullets Over Broadway together and last weekend tied the knot, celebrating with a fun dance number
Luck be a lady! Nick and Amanda wowed their friends and family with a surprise first dance to It Had To Be You, with the complex routine even featuring a fancy costume change
All that jazz! The couple danced the night away to the very song Nick sang in his audition with Woody Allen for the role in the Broadway spectacle through which he and his wife first met
Whisked away: The dance number called for a fun wardrobe change, with former Rockette Amanda donning a short bridal romper with attached train that she tore off mid-dance
Although the dance routine came as a complete surprise to their stunned guests, however, Amanda revealed that the pair began cooking it up not long after Nick popped the question on March 20.
Both Nick and Amanda knew immediately when it came to the wedding planning that they wanted to celebrate with a unique dance number.
‘Even though Nick and I are both performers we enlisted our two friends Clyde and Robyn Alves to choreograph our first dance! We wanted a mix of tender moments and big dance moments!’ Amanda, who created her own dance- and skipping rope- based fitness classes, told Daily Mail Online.
The duo danced to It Had To Be You by Harry Connick Jr. and deemed it fitting for the occasion as it was Nick’s audition song for his lead role as Cheech in the Woody Allen directed play where they met.
‘We were on vacation this summer doing a lot of wedding planning and I suggested doing a fun dance since we are both Broadway performers,’ Amanda told Inside Edition.
‘When we were picking our first dance [music, the song] only seemed like the perfect option.
Nick admitted, however, that he didn’t want to go all out for the piece.
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‘I didn’t want to go full Dancing with the Stars. She kinda did,’ the actor currently acting in A Bronx Tale said.
‘But we met in the middle,’ Amanda clarified.
Amanda decided to switch out of her floor-length white lace and tulle wedding dress for a fun short playsuit with an attached train for the wild dance number that displayed her kicking her legs and jumping into her newly declared husband’s arms.
‘I did a dress change so that I could turn and kick!’ she revealed on her wardrobe switch. And the guests were overjoyed to see the new outfit and the unexpected moves that followed.
‘Our guests cheered us on and were very surprised!’
The dance video featured Nick holding Amanda from behind and matching her dramatic side to side hip swings. Nick turned his blushing bride and the two held hands and gave the other a jazz hand shake. They bopped their knees and swung their heads and feet to the right and left, smack on the beat.
I do! Nick popped the question during Amanda’s birthday weekend on March 20
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The couple alternated between slow dancing and romantic foxtrot steps. When Amanda twirled, she did so regally holding onto her long tulle train.
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Then with dramatic force Amanda placed her hand behind Nicks neck and brought him in for a big Hollywood smooch. She then pushed him away.
On the words ‘It’s you’ the duo gave each other a dramatic point and slowly walked towards each other. For the big finish Amanda ran and hopped with both legs into Nick’s arms to be glamorously spun around, in true theater fashion.
The crowd had no idea the couple would swap a traditional slow dance for the big band song and epic dance routine.
‘Everyone was screaming and cheering so loud. I remember hearing somebody say, “what’s going on, what’s about to happen?” so I really think don’t anybody had any idea,’ Amanda said on the well-kept secret.
The couple reveal they even had a last minute day-of panic rehearsal, as one last review of the moves.
The show ended with a roar of applause and the couple was quickly joined on the dance floor by their Broadway peers.