AFTER four months and half a million YouTube views, Bell Baxter High School’s legendary ‘flash dance’ is still causing a stir.
This week Scotland’s Culture Minister Fiona Hyslop visited Cupar to meet the pupils behind May’s internet sensation and see some more examples of the school’s now-famous creative side.
Ms Hyslop, who was in Fife for the Scottish cabinet meeting in Kirkcaldy, was treated to musical and dramatic performances as she extolled the virtues of the Government’s new Get Scotland Dancing scheme.
She said: “We had already announced that Get Scotland Dancing was going to be a big part of Scotland’s Commonwealth Games legacy, but as soon as we saw the flashmob dance at Bell Baxter we had to see if the head teacher would be willing to support the initiative.
“The scheme is about making Scotland a more active and fit nation, and dance is a fantastic way of doing that — with a bit of spirit and get up and go, anyone can do it.”
After being piped into the school by Calum Winter (S6), Ms Hyslop was entertained by performances from Kyle Innes (S2) on the accordion and Claire Henderson (S5) on the violin, as well as a short piece of theatre from the Advanced Higher drama class on the subject of bipolar disorder.
Ms Hyslop added: “Bell Baxter’s drama studio is a great asset to the school — creative arts can help pupils become more confident in themselves.
“To see so many pupils doing advanced higher drama is a tribute to the school.”
In May, S6 pupils marked their last week at school by secretly organising a flashmob dance routine led by rector Phil Black.
A stunned school canteen erupted with cheers as Mr Black led fellow teachers and sixth year students through hits including ‘YMCA’ by Village People and Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’.
Videos posted online have been viewed by around 500,000 people across the globe, with countless others watching reports of the event on national news bulletins.
Former Bell Baxter pupil Chloe Simson (18), who choreographed the routine, revealed the flashmob caused such a stir that four months later she is still being stopped in the street to chat about it.
She said: “I got recognised in the bank a couple of days ago and sometimes I’ll be in Tesco and people will come up to me and say, ‘I saw you on the telly’.”
Chloe, who will soon start studying social sciences at Robert Gordon University, laid down the gauntlet to this year’s S6 pupils.
She said: “They can try their best, but I’m not sure anything will ever beat our flashmob!”