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Morning Sun
  • Dancers flash mob Gorilla basketball

  • Pittsburg State University students sat nervously in the student section during Wednesday evening’s women’s basketball game.

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  • Pittsburg State University students sat nervously in the student section during Wednesday evening’s women’s basketball game.
    However, the nerves had nothing to do with the close numbers on the scoreboard as the Gorillas and the Missouri Southern State University Lions battled for the lead.
    Rather, they were about the prospect of dancing as part of an impending flash mob scheduled for one of the media time-outs during both the women’s and men’s games that evening.
    As the time-out was called and Pitbull’s “Don’t Stop the Party” sounded from the speakers, about 50 students shed winter wear and hoodie sweatshirts to reveal matching neon T-shirts, then stood up on the bleachers and began to dance.
    “It was nerve-wracking, but it was fun,” said nursing major Ellery Warner. “I was worried, but it’s not like you have to be a dancer.”
    Students who took part were part of Janice Jewett’s dance appreciation class or the PSU Dance Club, and joined together for their first flash mob last year.
    “We tried it for the first time with the same group about a year ago,” Jewett said.
    However, this year’s flash mob event came with the added pressure of very little practice due to snow days.
    Music Ed major Jordan Riggs said he was notified Tuesday night that he would be taking a leading role in the revamped choreography for the dance.
    “I got a call last night,” he said. “Because of the weather we hadn’t been able to practice. She (Jewett) changed the choreography and wanted me to do this part.”
    Warner said practice for the dance began a couple weeks prior, but snow days on the Thursday and Tuesday prior to the event meant there was a minimal amount of practice time together.
    She said the class did have films of each other doing the dance and was able to practice individually.
    Jewett said students who participated had the opportunity to have an assignment excused and received extra credit for their involvement.
    She added that the activity was a success despite the obstacles.
    “I thought it came together very well considering the Tuesday-Thursday class didn’t get to practice,” she said.

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