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40 Years Later: Kevin Bacon Surprises Students of ‘Footloose’ High School!

40 Years Later: Kevin Bacon Surprises Students of ‘Footloose’ High School!

 

40 Years Later: Kevin Bacon Surprises Students of ‘Footloose’ High School!

In 1984, a small Utah community called Payson became the setting for a movie that would leave a lasting impact on pop culture.

“Footloose,” starring Kevin Bacon, told the story of a rebellious teenager fighting against a town’s ban on dancing.

The film’s iconic scenes and catchy soundtrack captured the hearts of audiences worldwide, making it a cult classic that is still beloved 40 years later.

But for the students at Payson High School, “Footloose” has a special meaning. That’s because their school was the actual filming location for the movie.

 

40 Years Later: Kevin Bacon Surprises Students of ‘Footloose’ High School!

 

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And now, as their high school prepares to relocate, these students are on a mission to have Kevin Bacon himself attend their prom.

Led by students Ruby and Caleb, the Payson High community has been working tirelessly to get Bacon’s attention.

Their efforts have been nothing short of impressive – from recreating scenes from the movie to learning the iconic Footloose dance. But they didn’t stop there – the students also organized an event to support Bacon’s charity, 6°.

And their hard work paid off. In an exclusive announcement on NBC’s TODAY show, Kevin Bacon appeared live from the set of his new movie to surprise the students of Payson High School.

The energy in the room was electric as he greeted them and acknowledged their viral campaign to bring him back to his old stomping grounds.

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40 Years Later: Kevin Bacon Surprises Students of ‘Footloose’ High School!

 

Bacon expressed his amazement at everything the students had done to get his attention and praised them for their dedication and creativity.

He also acknowledged how much Payson High School and the movie “Footloose” meant to him, saying it was a big part of his life.

The news that Bacon had accepted their invitation was met with cheers and tears from the students.

They could hardly contain their excitement, knowing that in just a month’s time, they would be partying with the star of their favorite movie.

And Kevin Bacon is not just coming to dance – he is also coming to give back. The students had tied in his charity, 6°, into their campaign and were planning on finding ways to give back to their community.

Bacon praised them for their charitable efforts and promised to do his part at the prom.

 

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As the TODAY show hosts asked what kind of party Kevin Bacon could expect at Payson High, the students replied with one word – “epic!”

What’s more, there’s no question that it will be.

With Kevin Bacon in attendance, there’s sure to be plenty of dancing and good times.

For the students of Payson High School, Kevin Bacon’s surprise acceptance means everything. Their hard work and dedication have paid off, and they will have a once-in-a-lifetime experience that they will never forget.

But this goes beyond just one night – it highlights the enduring impact that “Footloose” has had on the world.

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Despite being released 40 years ago, the movie’s message of rebellion and fighting for what you believe in still resonates with audiences today.

As student council adviser Jenny Staley puts it, teenagers still feel unseen, unheard, and misunderstood – just like the characters in “Footloose.” And that’s why it continues to hold a special place in their hearts.

 

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40 Years Later: Kevin Bacon Surprises Students of ‘Footloose’ High School!

 

As Payson High School prepares to relocate at the end of the school year, these students are saying goodbye in the best way possible – by celebrating the movie that put their school on the map and brought their community together.

So on prom night at Payson High School, there will be plenty of dancing, laughter, and memories made.40 Years Later: Kevin Bacon Surprises Students of ‘Footloose’ High School!

And even though it may be bittersweet as they say goodbye to their high school years, these students will always have a special connection to “Footloose” and the star who made it come to life – Kevin Bacon.

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