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California middle school teacher goes viral after showing students his dance moves [video]

A middle school teacher has gone viral after impressing his students with his dance moves.

In the video, students from Tenaya Middle School, California, can be seen attempting the viral dance move known as the ‘jerk’ or ‘reject’ before Austin LeMay walks into the centre of the group and begins busting his moves.

The clip was posted to TikTok and has been viewed more than 27 million times, with many users complimenting the teacher on his rhythm.

Mr LeMay, a leadership teacher and campus culture director, said he did not mean for the video to go viral, but added he is ‘not upset that it happened’.

The video shows Austin LeMay, a teacher at Tenaya Middle School, California, dancing to the tune of You’re A Jerk, a 2009 hit by New Boyz

One TikTok user, responding to the video, said Mr LeMay's 'knees regretted that but I know it was worth it'

One TikTok user, responding to the video, said Mr LeMay’s ‘knees regretted that but I know it was worth it’

Mr LeMay, dressed in a maroon Tenaya Braves hooded jumper, chinos, sunglasses and trainers struts into the shot and without showing any emotion begins his version of the 'jerk'

Mr LeMay, dressed in a maroon Tenaya Braves hooded jumper, chinos, sunglasses and trainers struts into the shot and without showing any emotion begins his version of the ‘jerk’

Mr LeMay soaks in the reaction from his students who are blown away by his moves

To keep on top of his newfound fame, Mr LeMay has started his own TikTok page and has already racked up more than 51,000 followers with just three posts 

The video starts with dozens of students dancing to the tune of You’re A Jerk, a 2009 hit by New Boyz.

One young girl spots Mr LeMay making his way to the middle of the group as she signals to her peers to stop and let him through.

Mr LeMay, dressed in a maroon Tenaya Braves hooded jumper, chinos, sunglasses and trainers struts into the shot with his right hand on his hip.

His appearance prompts rapturous cheers from the students before he claps his hands together and starts his routine.

With plenty of bending at the knees and waving his arms around, Mr LeMay then struts forwards, sticks his hands in his pockets and begins his version of the ‘jerk’.

His performance is met with instant approval from his students who are jumping around as their expressionless teacher continues his shuffle.

Towards the end of the clip, he drops down low and thrusts his body forward onto his toes, lets out a smile and walks off to the edge of the circle knowing his work is done.

At the start of the video, Mr LeMay struts into shot with his right hand on his hip, to rapturous celebrations from the students

At the start of the video, Mr LeMay struts into shot with his right hand on his hip, to rapturous celebrations from the students

The video was posted by another teacher at the school – Ms Jenny – on Sunday and has since gone viral, attracting a comment from Alec Baldwin’s daughter, the model Ireland Baldwin, who said: ‘Millennial teachers know what it is.’

One commenter said she ‘knew he was gonna kill it just by the way he walked in’ while another added: ‘His knees regretted that but I know it was worth it’.

Ms Jenny said the dancing has become a ‘Friday regular’ at the school and replied to another user to say that Mr LeMay often dances for the children. 

Mr LeMay told Fox26News: ‘This year being back from Covid, we’ve made it a real point to like do all of our rallies and everything every Friday, you know, play music in the quad every Friday just to really kind of boost all of our on campus activities. 

‘I’ve been dancing to “the jerk” for a decade now. If there’s anything I could still pull off, that’s it!’

To keep on top of his newfound fame, Mr LeMay has started his own TikTok page and has already racked up more than 51,000 followers with just three posts.

He used his first post to inform his new fans that dancing for his students – or ‘stunting on ‘ them – is something he has been doing all year, which he accompanied with another video of him dancing in front of the children, this time dressed in a suit.

However, in a follow up video, Mr LeMay said he has actually been dancing for students since 2015 and posted footage of him cutting some shapes in front of one of the school’s sports teams. 

He also posted a clip alongside Ms Jenny acknowledging the moment they both ‘accidentally’ went viral off the back of the most recent video. 


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