Pupils and staff at Denny High channelled the spirit of Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars this week with their own take on the smash chart hit ‘Uptown Funk’.
The video was created as a tribute to PE teacher and founder of the school’s acclaimed dance academy, Anne McEwan, who leaves at the end of this month after 11 years.
It was first screened at the end of a farewell dance show held her in honour on Thursday. It has attracted more than 3000 views since it was uploaded to YouTube yesterday.
The video stars pupils and staff from all years and every department, and begins with rector Stephen Miller arriving at the school for another seemingly ordinary day at work.
Mrs McEwan told The Falkirk Herald she was unaware of the video tribute until its unveiling.
“I’ve been so busy working I didn’t even notice it being filmed,” she said.
Denny Dance Academy was set up in 2008 as a way “to get girls more active” and achieved a national first last year when 11 pupils – Kristie Campbell, Chloe Clarke, Ciara Dickson, Cati Johnston, Samantha Kemp, Rachel Laird, Sarah Laird, Emma Leitch, Kirsty McGuckin, Hayley Ovens and Nicola Thomson – all earned a higher national certificate (NNC) in dance, a qualification usually earned at college level.
“I can’t tell you how gutted I am to be leaving,” she said. “But the time is right to be moving on.”
Mrs McEwan will take up a post with Education Scotland and the University of Edinburgh.
“I’m going to take the model here in Denny and get Scotland dancing,” she added.