Woman attempting the Dirty Dancing lift with her boyfriend snaps her neck back after nightmare fall 

Heart-stopping moment dance teacher’s neck snaps back in horror fall as she tries to recreate the Dirty Dancing lift with her boyfriend

  • Millie Slennett was filmed running toward her boyfriend in her backyard 
  • She slipped over her partner’s head and slammed into the ground on her neck 
  • Ms Slennett was rushed to hospital, where doctors were shocked she could walk
  • The 25-year-old said she is ‘very sore and stiff’ but otherwise recovering well  

A young dance teacher is lucky to be alive after landing on her neck while drunkenly attempting to recreate the iconic lift from Dirty Dancing.

Millie Slennett, 25, challenged her sister Rosie to see who could do the iconic dance move better during a family lunch at their parents’ Sydney home on Christmas Day.

After a ‘terrible’ attempt by her fashion designer sister, Millie thought she had the competition in the bag when she ran towards her boyfriend Conner Justin. 

Mr Justin successfully lifted his girlfriend into the air above his head, but in a split second she tipped over his shoulders and slammed into the ground face-first.  

Boyfriend Conner Justin successfully lifted his girlfriend into the air above his head

But in a split second she tipped over his shoulders and landed on her neck

Millie Slennett, from Sydney, was filmed trying to recreate the iconic Dirty Dancing lift with her boyfriend Conner Justin at a family lunch on Christmas Day

‘It all just went so quickly. When we were at the top, it felt like we were holding it for hours. I had my feet pointed, legs stretched. I thought we’d nailed it,’ Ms Slennett told The Sun

‘I kept trying to lift my legs higher and then they got above my head. It went from fine to not fine within like 0.3 seconds. I didn’t have time to realise I was falling until I hit the floor.’  

Ms Slennett’s sister Rosie, 19, stopped filming and rushed to help her and check if she still had feeling in her limbs. 

The 25-year-old, who was struggling to breathe comfortably, said it felt like she had broken all the ribs down her left side.   

Ms Slennett was rushed to hospital, where doctors were in disbelief she could still walk

Ms Slennett was rushed to hospital, where doctors were in disbelief she could still walk 

Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey performing the lift in the iconic 1987 hit movie Dirty Dancing

Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey performing the lift in the iconic 1987 hit movie Dirty Dancing

‘But 10 or 15 minutes after, the pain wasn’t getting better so we called an ambulance, and at the hospital I could hear all the doctors walking around asking each other if they’d seen the video,’ she said. 

Ms Slennett was rushed to hospital in an ambulance, where doctors were in disbelief she could still walk.

They closely watched the graphic footage of the fall to determine what parts of Ms Slennett’s neck and spine was likely to have been injured. 

Ms Slennett admitted she was ‘lucky to be alive’ and discouraged others from attempting the classic dance move out of water and under the influence of alcohol.

She took to Instagram to update friends and family on her recovery, and shared a photo of herself donning a neck brace

She took to Instagram to update friends and family on her recovery, and shared a photo of herself donning a neck brace

Ms Slennett said admitted she is 'lucky to be alive' and discouraged others from attempting the classic dance move out of water

Ms Slennett said admitted she is ‘lucky to be alive’ and discouraged others from attempting the classic dance move out of water

The part-time dance teacher said she was in pain the day after the accident, but luckily escaped with just bruising. 

She took to Instagram to update friends and family on her recovery, and shared a photo of herself donning a neck brace. 

‘Disclaimer – I’m fine, just very stiff and sore. #DancingGirlFail. Had to call an ambulance, spent five hours in ED with a neck brace, had a CT and got away with just some bad bruising,’ she said. 

Ms Slennett is ‘overwhelmed’ with how many messages she has received from friends and strangers telling her how lucky she is to still be able to walk.   

She said her father, who witnessed the accident, is ‘pretty traumatised’ and has been left with night terrors ever since.  

Ms Slennett is 'overwhelmed' by how many messages she has received from friends and strangers telling her how lucky she is to still be able to walk. Pictured with her boyfriend Conner

Ms Slennett is ‘overwhelmed’ by how many messages she has received from friends and strangers telling her how lucky she is to still be able to walk. Pictured with her boyfriend Conner

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