February 10, 2014 - 1:02 pm
It started off like a traditional mother-son wedding dance, but a Las Vegas mom and her son had something much bigger planned.
Kathy Bunker, founder of Bunker Dance Center, wanted to do something special for her son’s April wedding since dance has been such a big part of their lives. So a few weeks before the wedding, she hatched a plan to turn a traditional wedding waltz into a choreographed mother-son routine.
“We thought, ‘OK, do we want to just do the typical mother/son slow dance or do we want to have a little fun with it?’” Kathy told the Review-Journal on Monday. “Blake said, ‘Mom, if we do something fun we should shuffle because no moms are shuffling with their sons.’”
The two sat down one Sunday evening picking songs and learning dance moves from YouTube videos.
“Putting it together was the best part of doing it,” Kathy said.
In a video posted to YouTube in April that has gone viral in the past week, Kathy and Blake are shown dancing to Nat King Cole’s “Unforgettable.”
The music stops and Kathy looks disappointed — until The Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back” starts playing.
The duo transition into M.C. Hammer’s “Can’t Touch This” and finish with LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem.”
The guests at TPC Summerlin explode with applause at the end, but none were louder than Aaron Turner, a finalist from season 10 of “So You Think You Can Dance,” who is now a teacher at Bunker’s school.
The spread of the video has been “mind-boggling and a bit overwhelming,” Kathy said.
“The dance was put together with love and has very special meaning to us and was a memory that both of us will always cherish,” she said. “We just can’t get over how it has resonated with so many people.”
The video had been viewed more than 830,000 times as of Monday afternoon.