Three Viral Dance Moments Taking the Internet by Storm

The past two weeks have been a magical time on the internet, with dance taking center stage. These three viral moments garnered millions of collective views and brought ballet, tap and hip hop to many a smartphone screen.

1. Pennsylvania Ballet tackles a rude football fan. No one needs to tell us that ballet is a fierce art. But, unfortunately, that's not always clear to the general public. When a Philadelphia Eagles fan commented online that the team had "played like they were wearing tutus!!!" Pennsylvania Ballet posted a brazen response on its Facebook page. They cited the dancers' grueling Nutcracker run, which didn't include any injury timeouts and in some cases, not even a "second string." They concluded that "no, the Eagles have not played like they were wearing tutus. If they had...we'd all be looking forward to the playoffs." Burn.

Not only did this social media comeback bring ballet to a broader audience, but it's also a savvy PR move for Pennsylvania Ballet.

2. Tap dance takes on the movies. I'll fully admit that I'm a bit of a Star Wars nerd, so when I saw this tap medley set to gems from the saga's score, I geeked out. In honor of the newest installment, The Force AwakensSarah Reich teamed up with popular cover band Postmodern Jukebox to make this fun jazzy video. Even if you're not a Star Wars fan, it's a total treat. Bonus points for Reich's gold sequined jumpsuit.

3. One teacher's surprisingly good dance moves. Last but not least, this educator earned major extra credit by joining his students in this video. Ron Clark, a co-founder and math teacher at the Atlanta middle school Ron Clark Academy, got down to "Bet You Can't Do It Like Me" and then posted it on his Facebook. According to Clark's bio on the school's website, he has been named Disney's American Teacher of the Year. Perhaps this goes to show that a curriculum that makes time for dancing isn't a bad thing.

Ron Clark Academy having fun with the #doitlikemechallenge

Posted by Ron Clark on Sunday, January 3, 2016

 

Happy dancing in 2016!

 

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