Energy in the Breton Downs Elementary gymnasium was already high before the deejay started “Gangnam Style,” the popular song and dance craze created by pop musician Psy.
Then it practically exploded.
Really, the whole afternoon was a frenzy of excited motion as students spent an hour dancing in any way they wanted for “Bulldog Boogie” an annual school-wide Parent Teacher Association fundraiser.
With East Grand Rapids dance team members and deejay Scott Herriman onstage pumping up the crowd, the 400 students danced non-stop, forming Conga lines, breakdancing, country line dancing and do-si-do-ing with friends.
PTA co-president Julie Kowalewski said the popular fundraiser, which has netted about $25,000 each year for the past four years, is a creative take on a walk-a-thon style dancing. In terms of exercise, every 20 minutes dancing is the physical equivalent of a one mile walk.
“It’s a nice winter activity,” she said, as a song by boy band One Direction got the crowd shrieking once again.