Jennifer Lopez is accustomed to the spotlight, but two of her backup dancers recently stole the show after the singer helped orchestrate a surprise, on-stage proposal during one of her performances.
Lopez’s longtime dancer Lake Smits worked with the superstar singer to prepare the moment, which took place on February 25. Following the proposal, Smits’ new fiancee, fellow dancer Tera Perez, opens up to The Knot about the surprise engagement.
Where it All Began
“We first met doing a show in Los Angeles for a company called Unity in 2010,” Perez, 33, recalls. “I saw him during a rehearsal and instantly was like, ‘Who is the new guy?’ After that we had an instant chemistry.”
The lovebirds went on to dance for Lopez on her Dance Again World Tour in 2012. “That tour changed our lives,” Perez tells us. “We traveled the world and fell in love getting to experience things most people only dream of.”
The future bride tells The Knot that Smits, 25, has a heart of gold. “He is the most genuine, big hearted person I know, and he has such a beautiful spirit.” she gushes.
Smits reached out to Lopez a few weeks prior to the proposal, and together they devised a plan to find the best slot for the proposal. It was February 25. During Lopez’s performance at Planet Hollywood, Smits suddenly dropped to one knee mid-concert, and to say the crowd went wild would be an understatement.
After the craze, the duo preferred a low-key celebration. “We kept [it] minimal after the proposal,” Perez explains. “We were just with our family, and I was so overwhelmed that I needed a moment to take it all in after the show! We definitely want to plan an official engagement party soon to celebrate.”
Perez and Smits have yet to choose a wedding date, but they’re busy weighing their options. “[We’re] hoping to plan something next year in 2018,” Perez concludes to The Knot. “Lake is from Hawaii, so being able to get married in his hometown would be a gorgeous setting, and we’re throwing around ideas in Santa Barbara as well.”
See the surprise proposal above.