Teacher Choreographs School-Wide Dance Set to ‘Uptown Funk’

By Ross Brenneman — January 28, 2015 1 min read
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The official music video for “Uptown Funk,” by artist Mark Ronson and featuring Bruno Mars, debuted in November 2014 to widespread acclaim. Two months later, a Dallas teacher and his students show that they have perfected the moves.

Scot Pankey, a theater teacher at A. Maceo New Tech High School, coordinated dozens of students for a dance that took over a vast swath of the school. The video, published this past weekend, has already been widely circulated. Pankey seems astonished by the attention (albeit grateful). Here’s the masterpiece:

One commenter on the video captured the sentiments of many: “We need more of this in our schools. Make coming to class fun again. There’s nothing like learning in a fun way. Education rocks!!!!” (The more exclamation points, the more true something is.)

Here’s the original video from Ronson and Mars, for comparison.

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Teaching Now blog.