Shawn-Christopher Freeman was a hugely successful dance pro before he left for the classroom. Now he is chasing his dance dreams once again.
ATLANTA — It’s a compelling clip, the kind that was almost bound to go viral: an Atlanta teacher on the first day of school dancing on roller skates with his students in the Bruno Mars hallway, showing off the kind of moves that seem belong in a professional music video.
This is partly because the movements To do belong to a professional music video.
The teacher, Sean-Christopher Freeman of Booker T. Washington High School in Atlanta, was a hugely successful dance pro who appeared on shows like “Dancing With the Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance” before left him for class seven years ago.
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As the roller dance music video that went viral earlier this month suggests, however, it still has the motion.
And, he told 11Alive, he’s pursuing his passion again thanks to the new perspective he’s found during the pandemic.
“I love teaching, but I felt like I didn’t have the opportunity to fully, fully live my dreams,” he said. “COVID saved me, really honestly. It made me refocus and refocus.”
Freeman recently choreographed six music videos and is set to perform at the Latin Billboard Music Awards next month.
He said he hoped the example of him rekindling the flame of pursuing his dreams would inspire his students.
“I’m really living my dream, and that’s something I hope I can share with them too,” he said.