Impromptu
Principal joins students on dance floor and shows what it means to ‘get down’
It was the first dance since the students returned to school and she was making it one to remember.
Ma Fatima Garcia
11.11.21

Usually, when we hear the word principal, we think of someone strict.

In fact, most students are not keen to meet the principal. Let alone have a chat with them.

We know them as someone who strictly implements all the school rules.

Generally speaking, principal equals “not fun”.

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So imagine the shock that one principal gave to all the students in her school when she joined them on the dance floor.

And it wasn’t just any dance.

You might think that this principal just wanted to check in on her students or dance a bit, but it went much further than that.

She danced and showed everyone that even a principal knows how to groove on the dance floor.

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Facebook Photo / Fareeda Shabazz

Meet Fareeda J. Shabazz-Anderson.

Fareeda is an interim principal of Walter Payton College Preparatory High School.

She has been a principal for more than 9 years. She has extensive experience with educational leadership, student advocacy, and monitoring and coaching.

Anderson is an effective and efficient principal, but that doesn’t mean she can’t join her students when it comes to fun events and dancing, right?

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YouTube Screenshot / CBS Chicago

Not your average homecoming dance

It was a very special event because after more than a year, the students are back in school and they were able to finish the first quarter.

We’re pretty sure everyone missed having face-to-face classes, and everyone was just happy and excited to be together.

Everyone was cheering for their principal to join them, and she didn’t disappoint her students. Instead, they were shocked to see how good their principal was when it comes to dancing.

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YouTube Screenshot / CBS Chicago

All the kids recorded the moment

“It’s always exciting to party with our young people and have an opportunity to enjoy the space with them,” Anderson said in her interview with CBS.

When Anderson showed her impromptu dance, everyone just cheered! They didn’t expect their principal to dance like that.

Once you see her footwork, you’ll understand what they were feeling.

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YouTube Screenshot / CBS Chicago

Hearing everyone cheer and enjoy the party is such an amazing moment for the entire school. It meant that there’s hope, despite the trials we’ve faced during the pandemic.

Things are getting closer to normal.

“Apparently, that’s how the kids dance now,” Anderson said shared. “They get in a circle and they all dance together – and the DJ was like, ‘Hey, you know, we happen to know your principal has some dance moves.’”

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After a few days, Anderson was shocked when one of her sons called her. They told her that she was on TikTok and Twitter.

Her short dance was now viral.

Watching a video of a principal dancing is cool, but for Principal Anderson, this has a different effect and meaning.

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YouTube Screenshot / CBS Chicago

“I feel like a real person now. I remember our principals growing up – we didn’t see them outside that space. Principals now – we’re always connecting and working with students and we’re like an extension of their family now.”

Indeed, being a principal is much more than imposing school rules and making sure that students learn.

A principal should also be connected with the students, much like a friend or a family member that they can hang out with, talk, and ask for help when they need it.

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YouTube Screenshot / CBS Chicago

See her viral dance video below!

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By Ma Fatima Garcia
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Ma Fatima Garcia is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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