Lawrence Welk Calls On Ecstatic Fan To Dance And Immediately Regrets It
“The Lawrence Welk Show” was a popular American television program that aired from 1955 to 1982. The show featured a mix of music, dance, and comedy, and it was hosted by the eponymous Lawrence Welk, a beloved bandleader and musician.
One of the most memorable moments from the show occurred during a dance segment when Lawrence Welk invited an ecstatic fan named Genise to dance with him. Lawrence Welk had initially assumed that Genise would prefer to dance with regular guest Bobby Burgess, but to his surprise, she said she would rather dance with him. Welk agreed, and the two began to dance. However, things quickly went awry when Genise forgot to take off her glasses and handed them to Welk mid-verse.
As they continued to dance, it became clear that Genise was struggling to keep up with the beat. Her feet were moving erratically, and she seemed to be out of sync with Welk’s movements. The audience erupted in laughter, and Lawrence Welk became visibly flustered.
At one point, Lawrence Welk motioned for the musicians to stop playing, and the moment became even more awkward. However, despite the embarrassment, Genise continued to dance, and the segment eventually came to an end.
In the years since the segment aired, there has been some speculation that the moment was staged for comedic effect. However, according to one YouTube commenter who claimed to know Genise personally, the dancing woman was not an actress.