This Marvel-inspired dance routine is seriously out of this world
The dance team at Arizona’s Walden Grove High School is going viral for a third time! Just a year after their truly impressive Harry Potter-themed performance, the insanely talented and creative students have choreographed another brilliant dance routine inspired by Marvel’s The Avengers.
For their Homecoming Assembly, the members of the PAC Dance Team decided to take their students and staff on an intergalactic trip through both Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. It was epic, to say the least.
Featuring a heart-pumping soundtrack with the likes of Lil Jon’s “Snap Yo Fingers,” Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Madonna, Justin Timberlake and Timbaland’s “4 Minutes,” the Beastie Boys “Intergalactic,” and dialogue from the films, the Marvel costume-clad dancers battled the bad guys — such as Thanos and his minions — for a solid seven minutes. The Avengers won, of course.
In just two days the video has amassed nearly 200,000 views, but obviously it will continue to dominate. I mean, have you ever seen something so amazing? I have so many questions. Who taught these kids to dance? What genius got the idea to choreograph an Avengers-themed dance in the first place? And why isn’t every casting director in the world on a plane to Arizona right now!?!?
The Hip-Hop Dance State Champions went viral a few years back with their Wizard Of Oz-themed dance which they used to audition for America’s Got Talent. Then, last year they hit the gym for Homecoming with their Harry Potter-inspired dance. From their “Cupboard Under the Stairs” number to a scene where Harry’s sorted into Gryffindor, the team creatively channeled the whole Hogwarts experience into their impressive routine. The video currently has nearly 11 million views on YouTube.
In addition to exercise benefits, dancing can be helpful to kids and teens in so many ways. Studies have found that there are cognitive benefits when students are exposed to dance and other art forms. Improved cognition has been linked to an improvement in test scores and also grade-point averages, especially for students who are disadvantaged.
But that’s not all. Dance can also be influential in improving empathy, helping individuals share and understand other people’s feelings. In 2016, The Atlantic reported that many schools are increasingly using movement and dance to encourage children’s “social-emotional” skills — which is pretty incredible.
Additionally, dancing can just make people happy. One non-profit provided free dance classes to sick kids to help lift their spirits. Dancing is pretty much magical.
Just by watching the PAC Dance Team, it’s obvious that there is some serious connectivity going on — not only between the dancers — but with everyone watching them!