It was planned to be a surprise flash mob for students, but instead it resulted in a mob of elementary school students showing off their best moves to One Direction's "What makes you beautiful."
Winfield Elementary School staff had planned to surprise their students Friday with the dance routine before Play Day, the annual end of the year field day for students. But midway through the routine, students misunderstood physical education teacher Meghan Robertson directions to stand and start clapping.
Instead of standing and clapping, about 100 students rushed the field and joined their teachers dancing.
"I couldn't be happier," Robertson said afterward. "Even though the kids crashed the flash mob, I guess the kids crashed it on me because I was crashing the flash mob on everyone else."
For the second year in a row, Winfield staff had rehearsed their routine for about a month planning to surprise students before the event.
About 25 staff members from the school and five from Carroll County Public Schools Central Office participated, Robertson said.
This year, Robertson's fifth-grade class was allowed in on the secret and practiced for about 30 minutes Thursday before joining their teachers Friday.
"It's a remarkable fifth-grade class and I really wanted to get them involved to show them some support," Robertson said.
Fifth-grader Rachel Tackett said the best part of the flash mob was being let in on the secret beforehand.
"We were the only class in the school that got to do it," she said.
Fellow fifth-grader Conor Finch said he was impressed with his teachers' dance moves.
"From one to ten, about a seven," he said of his grade for their performance.
Robertson said she chose One Direction's hit for the event because it was an easy song to choreograph a routine and it was a song the students would recognize.