Going Viral: Dance Video by Whitman Students

‘Pop Culture’ dance video set to the popular Madeon song attracting big hits online.

A dance video performed and directed by Whitman High School students is getting some major trafic online and was one of the most watched videos over the past weekend, according to trendhunter.com

The video has reached the level of "hot and viral" with more than 132,000 views.

Directed by Hassam Kaif and taped at for the school's Video Yearbook Club, the clip features Jackson Thomas Hoffmann as the main dancer along with Alyssa Scudieri as the female dancer. The clip is introduced by Evan Zakow. All students are seniors.

"Video Yearbook is run by the Whitman students and each year produces amazingly professional results," said Steve Bartholomew, the information officer for the South Hunington School District. "The program administrator is Roger Paquette, a social studies teacher at the school."

Project production began Nov. 4 of last year and was finalized May 2, according to You Tube. 

Momversation.com calls it "the best video yearbook entry ever."

Madeon, 17, from France, uploaded a YouTube video called 'Pop Culture' which garnered more than 11 million views and inspired another viral video by Nathan J. Barnatt co-starring Martin Starr, according to Momversation.com.

The Whitman video was made as a tribute to Barnatt, according to You Tube.

Rich Jacques (Editor) June 12, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Bravo! Wonderful production.
Guest June 12, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Amazing to see VY getting recognition online! The program has been fantastic ever since Mr. Paquette took over, and has become the best program in the country in the last 5 years. The community should look to VY as a source of pride, what students in our district with dedication can produce. The editing room for the program is amazing, complete with a recording studio, soon to be green screen room, and many industry quality editing stations. The best part is they are completely self-funded.
Jason Molinet June 12, 2012 at 07:28 PM
I'm still dancing...
Amuser June 12, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Awesome job. Here's the original (also awesome): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxPbgnO81sQ&feature=player_embedded
Hassam Kaif June 12, 2012 at 08:28 PM
Wow! It is amakng to receive so much recognition and appreciation for this video I created at the VY club in my senior year in the basement of Walt Whitman high school. I knew it was amazing but not to this degree. The road to one million just got a bit closer! Spread the word we can do it! Thanks once again everyone. Love you all Best regards, Hassam
Rich Jacques (Editor) June 12, 2012 at 08:32 PM
Great job, Hassam!
Rich Jacques (Editor) June 12, 2012 at 10:05 PM
Story now posted on front page of Huffington Post Teen: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/teen/
Jackson Hoffmann June 13, 2012 at 12:09 AM
Wow that kid dancing must've worn that outfit to school for like 4 months straight
Rich Jacques (Editor) June 13, 2012 at 01:15 AM
Looks like you're a star, Jackson. Nice moves!
edwus June 13, 2012 at 04:08 AM
At least mention nathan saw what these kids made and said it was awesome.. check nathan barnatt twitter
Joe L June 13, 2012 at 04:25 AM
So proud to be a graduate of WWHS
Peri Schacknow June 13, 2012 at 01:38 PM
We love our Video Yearbooks from our kids' WWHS classes of 2009 and 2011! So proud of this great effort and our wonderful high school!! Awesome job.
Mary Beth Steenson Kraese June 13, 2012 at 02:38 PM
AMAZING!!! Great Job!!! You should be so proud of yourselves!!!
r mills June 13, 2012 at 06:38 PM
well done Hassam, Jackson and Alyssa. r. mills
Ron Seifried June 14, 2012 at 03:34 AM
So cool to see how far the Whitman Video Yearbook has come since I worked on it back in 1986! Great dancing, choreography, shooting and especially editing. It looked like Avid workstations in one of the shots. We edited on VHS & 3/4", so I appreciate all the hard work your team put into this!
Martha E. Ferguson June 15, 2012 at 02:50 AM
Proud to be a Walt Whitman alumnu! Beth Harvey Ferguson Class of 1976
Sandra Sndersted-Pierce June 23, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Bravo....So proud to be a Walt Whitman alumni. Sandra Søndersted-Pierce class of 1970


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