BOZEMAN -- What started as a silly dancing video by Manhattan schools principal Eric Fisher took off when his 'Dancing Principal' videos started received thousands of views on social media.
“I didn’t expect that at all. All I expected was to share the joy of dance and of movement with my own students, my own school. To see it spread has been really fun,” said Fisher, who is the the prinicipal for fifth through eighth grade in Manhattan.
Fisher used his school as his dance studio, dancing on top of desks, in the gym or cafeteria to send to his student body. His goal at the start was simple.
“The original was to just get a message to my own students to my own school that we’re here, we’re positive, we can still have fun even if we’re all at home,” said Fisher.
But then his videos got bigger and soon enough they inspired a nationwide challenge. Principals across the U.S. have joined in to dance. For Fisher, there’s a deeper message than spreading positivity.
“It takes a lot for a principal to do that and a lot of courage just as we ask kids to put themselves out there in performance at school. It’s the same thing for us principals that some principals are getting out of their comfort zone. More than anything, it’s fun to see a principal get in touch with their students that way," he said.
And the message has definitely resonated with Fisher’s students.
“By popular demand, my students are requesting one a week," Fisher smiled. "So every week I’ll be getting a video out."