Homecoming Teacher Dance


Noah GIlbert

Teachers dancing to “The Git Up” by Blanco Brown

Sabrina McGuire, Staff Writer

During the pep rally on Sept. 20, multiple teachers gathered on the gymnasium floor and performed a line dance to Blanco Brown’s, “The Git Up”. The dance resembles ‘The Git Up Challenge’, where people across many social media platforms record themselves doing the dance. Despite having to dance in front of the entire school, the teachers showed their moves.

The teacher dance during the pep rally was organized by Math teacher Julie Probst and Health and Physical Education teacher, Destiny Willer. The teacher dance has been a homecoming tradition for many years. “Mrs. Rolloson started it many years ago, at least 15 years ago” Probst said.

Last year’s dance consisted of the popular Fortnite dances. This year, Probst sprang for the line dance idea. “Mrs. Willer and I, in the summer, we heard the line dance. It was kinda popular. We had texted each other, we were both thinking the same thing.”

With the song locked in place, the training for the dance began. Janelle Woodin, science teacher, was recruited to join the dance by her fellow staff members. “There were a lot of other science department teachers who were going to be doing it” Woodin said. “And so they kind of pushed me toward wanting to be involved and that it is good for student teacher relationships and it’s fun.”

Woodin shared what it was like during the dance. “I didn’t really look around me a lot. You almost have tunnel vision. But, I feel like it went well. And student reaction–I felt like they were enjoying it and that’s part of it,” Woodin said.

For Danielle Pippert, Math Teacher, the dance was thought this year’s routine fit everyone’s skills. “I think it went well.” Pippert said. “We thought the dance was easier for all of us to learn because it was repetitive because it was like a line dance. Where, in the past, I think it was a little harder to learn.”

Learning the dance took time. “She [Probst] makes videos of the dance and sends them all out to all of us so we can try and learn the dance on our own, at home on our own time,” Pippert said. “We then practice the week of the dance before and after school, if you want to.”

When the dance finally rolled around, a lot of emotions were in the air. After all, dancing in front of the entire school is not a daily activity. “I would say [I was] more nervous, but, we also hear the kids really like it and they think it’s funny and they think it’s fun. If you just remember that, it makes it okay.” Pippert said.

Even with how nerve-wracking the short dance is, there were still many benefits from it. “If we made some people smile, and made some people laugh, then that was worth it.” Pippert said.