Students at Gwynns Falls Elementary in Baltimore were treated to an unexpected performance by their principal on Wednesday. Nikomar Mosley was just trying to educate his students during Black History Month by showing his students step-dancing, a popular style of dance developed by black fraternities and sororities. However, he didn’t expect for the footage of his routine to go viral on Facebook.
During a Black Heritage Program on Wednesday, Mosley decided to demonstrate a step-dancing routine he learned as a member of the black fraternity Omega Psi Phi. Dressed in a tan suit and a purple tie, Mosley astonished the school’s faculty and staff by breaking into an energetic dance number. The audience was soon cheering him along, impressed by his verve and stamina.
Originally founded in 1911 at Howard University, Omega Psi Phi was one of the first historically black fraternities in the United States. The fraternity is one of 9 fraternities that make up the National Pan-Hellenic Council, affectionately known as the “Divine Nine”. Famous black figures like Jesse Jackson and Langston Hughes have been members of the organization.
Mosley himself learned how to step as a student at Lincoln University in Missouri where he was a member of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity. During his performance, Mosley deliberately chose to wear a tie of royal purple, the official color of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity.
The video of Principal Mosley’s step dance routine was posted to Facebook on Wednesday and quickly amassed over 1 million views. The school also posted the video to its Instagram account so students could relive the energetic dance. Mosley, who has described himself as a shy man who likes to work behind the scenes, has used his newfound fame to help encourage students to opt for a college education.