These High School Grads Performed An Awesome Dance Routine To Pop Songs At Their Commencement

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It's graduation season, which means you've probably been spending a lot of time feeling jealous of all the college students who get awesome people like Maya Rudolph and Natalie Portman to deliver their commencement addresses. Well, I'm happy to inform you that now you have reason to be jealous of high school graduates for having better dance moves than you. It's all thanks to the graduating seniors at Kahuku High and Intermediate School in Hawaii, who performed a complex song and dance number to several pop songs while wearing caps and gowns. Oh, and did I mention it lasts almost ten minutes? And they learned it in two days? And it's awesome?

The grads actually sing many of the songs as a group, and it sounds like they've changed some of the lyrics to be relevant to their graduation, although it's a bit hard to hear them in the usual way huge groups of singing people filmed from a distance are hard to hear. But that doesn't make the video any less fun. The songs they chose range from Jackson 5's “I Want You Back” to Taylor Swift's “Shake It Off.” For a couple of songs, like “Uptown Funk,” they dance to the original recordings.

And let's talk about that dancing. I'm amazed that a group of students this big could memorize and properly execute a routine that long and complicated in only two days, and perform it with so much energy while sitting/standing on bleachers. I don't have a lot of faith in young people to do even the simplest tasks, let alone something like this. Props to these kids. At the end of the video, they also perform the “Kaipahua Kura,” which is their school's haka. It's a traditional war dance from the Maori in New Zealand.

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