It has been an international online phenomenon and now staff at The Armidale School have taken up the Blinding Lights Dance Challenge in a very special message to students.
The short dance, choreographed to the opening bars of the hit song 'Blinding Lights' by Canadian singer The Weeknd has been one of the most popular videos shared and recreated on the social media platform TikTok.
In the TAS video, 78 members of the school's teaching, admin, IT, boarding, housekeeping, grounds, maintenance and medical staff perform the dance either in groups or as individuals, often stamping it with a faculty theme.
Props include everything from welding helmets to wigs, sports gear to a fire extinguisher and even Junior School's 'TAS Bear' makes an appearance.
"The idea was about finding a way to give our students a positive message in this time of isolation, that we are all thinking of them and letting them know that we are all looking forward to the time they are back on campus," said staff member Tim Hughes, who was behind the initiative.
"For many who took part it was a literally a step or several out of their comfort zone which in itself is a good thing to model to our students, who also get to see staff in a different light.
"Apart from the goal of giving the students a laugh, it's been terrific to see the collegiality and creativity that staff have come up with and hopefully also given everyone a bit of a morale boost and a chance to have a bit of fun," he said.
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