Principal Joins Students In Flash Mob Dance (Video)

| by Michael Allen
Roman Ovsenev dancing with studentsRoman Ovsenev dancing with students

A school principal in Saratov, Russia, has become the web's newest sensation with a flash mob dance performance during the week of May 23 (video below).

Roman Ovsenev was joined by some of his students from East European Lyceum in the school yard on the final day of classes. They danced to a popular Russian song from the 1990s, notes

Ovsenev and his kids only had three rehearsals, but they tore it up as a crowd watched and filmed.

Ovsenev was shocked by the publicity, which included a broadcast of his moves on a Russian TV show.

"I honestly hadn’t expected it," Ovsenev told Region 64 News, according to "I’m just surprised so much hullaballoo was raised over this, to be honest. It’s great, of course, when you see such a positive outpouring of comments online – so, feeling really grateful for that."

Ovsenev added a message that would be welcome at U.S. schools where campus police arrests and confrontations with students are becoming more common these days.

"We see each other not only through the prism of some business transaction, but as human beings," Ovsenev said. "I think it’s exactly how it should be.

"I’m not ashamed to take the stage with my kids – whom I love and respect – and to put smiles on their faces. After all, it’s a massive occasion for them."

In northern Switzerland, the teacher-student relationship is a bit more formal.

The AFP reports that educational authorities in the canton of Basel-Country ruled on May 25 that students must shake their teachers' hands or the kids' parents could be fined up to $5,000.

The new ruling is in response to two Syrian brothers who refused to shake their female teacher's hand based on their Islamic religious beliefs.

The brothers' middle school granted all students an exemption from the traditional Swiss handshaking, which sparked outrage throughout the country.

"A teacher has the right to demand a handshake," the education authorities said in a statement, according to the AFP.

The authorities also said that "the public interest concerning gender equality as well as integration of foreigners far outweighs that concerning the freedom of belief of students."

The Islamic Central Council of Switzerland (ICCS) said the ruling was "totalitarianism" and promised to fight it in court, if it is actually enforced.

Federation of Islamic Organizations of Switzerland (IOS) spokesman Pascal Gemperli told AFP in an email that the fine was "harsh" and said "it could further [polarize] the debate."

Sources:, AFP via Yahoo News / Photo Credit: dmitry shirshov/YouTube

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