A school-spirited break from the books
BLACKSBURG — Hundreds of students filed into the gym at Blacksburg High School on Tuesday expecting to participate in a typical, school-spirited pep rally.
But what they witnessed was anything but ordinary.
The school celebrated its first pep rally of 2013 in anticipation of the big basketball rivalry, the Battle of the Burgs.
Both the boys’ and girls’ basketball teams traveled to Christiansburg later that evening for their second meetings of the 2012-13 season.
Following introductions of the school’s sports teams and a few games for entertainment, teachers did something they wouldn’t normally do — they took center stage.
The gym lights turned off, and a spotlight appeared on football coach Dave Crist. Crist was standing among students in the bleachers, lip-syncing the words to “The Time (Dirty Bit)” by the Black Eyed Peas.
Then, the spotlight turned to Crist’s wife, Faye, an administrative assistant at the school, sitting on the opposite side of the bleachers, who began lip-syncing the same song.
The two made their way down from the bleachers and met on the basketball court.
Within seconds, both were joined by many of the school’s faculty and staff for the school’s first-ever flash mob. The term, coined in the early 2000s, refers to a group of people who, suddenly and unexpectedly, assemble and perform in a public place.
Both faculty and staff members began dancing to the “The Evolution of Dance” in front of their own students.
“Out of my four years of high school, that was the best part of any pep rally I’ve ever been to,” said senior Taylor Dobson. “It was completely unexpected.”
The flash mob was the brainchild of teachers Amy Stevens and Kim Radford.
“Kim and I have dreamt of doing this for a while,” Stevens said. “We watched video after video of different mobs and decided we would bring it up during our pep rally meeting, and the idea snowballed.”
Stevens said teachers were excited at the prospect of surprising their own students and felt the flash mob would be a great way to unite students and faculty while featuring some of those teachers who wouldn’t normally be involved in a pep rally.
The teachers, Stevens said, practiced their flash mob twice after school for about 40 minutes each. Radford said Amy Crist, one of the school’s cheerleading coaches, led the teacher practices.
“The students were super excited,” Stevens said. “When it began, they had no idea what was going on, and as it kept going, they got more and more excited about it.”
During the six-minute dance routine, students’ screams and cheers escalated.
“The way the music was mixed together was awesome,” Dobson said. “It kept going on and on, and it was more and more impressive. I was extremely impressed with how they did it.”
For both students and teachers, this pep rally won’t soon be forgotten.
“This was by far the best thing we’ve done for our kids in a long time,” Radford said. “I’m really proud of our administration for being willing to let us do some things that make school fun.”
One could say the dance really did help rally the teams as they faced their rival Tuesday night.
The girls beat Christiansburg 47-41, and the boys followed suit by beating the Blue Demons 66-58.
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