Moms Perform at School Pep Rally
A group of Steele High School parents proved their mom dance moves are up to par with those of their teenage kids at a surprise playoff pep rally performance last week.
Aprill Williams, mom of football player C.J. Williams, was the mastermind who brought 11 moms together to form a dance squad in support their sons before their first playoff matchup last Friday.
“The boys are doing really well this year and we wanted to something to show our support for them,” she said in a phone interview.
What better way to show their backing than to spend multiple nights sneaking away from home to practice moves like the “Nae Nae” and “Quan,” in complete secrecy? Along with showcasing their motherly love, they also set out to prove momma’s still got it.
The 11 masked ladies walked single file into Steele’s jam-packed gym. When the masks came off, their sons were in disbelief watching their moms move as if they had just graduated high school.
Melissa Fields, mom of Isaiah Fields, said it took a lot of practice and courage to pull off the feat in front bleachers filled with teens who know exactly how the songs should be danced. Thankfully, they had a pro on their side, a Steele student named Jada Brown who choreographed the routine.
“My legs were shaky and it felt like my knees were going to buckle,” she laughed. “It was cool to come out of our comfort zone and show support for the boys.”
The moms watched YouTube videos of Silentó’s hit “Watch Me” and iHeart Memphis’s “Hit the Quan,” to see what they were getting themselves into.
“If I went to a club right now, I wouldn’t know what to do,” Fields quipped. “I went on YouTube and thought, ‘Oh no, there is no way we would be able to pull this off.'”
But, they did and the crowd loved it.
“I think my son’s first reaction was, ‘You’ve gotta be kidding me — Dad, why did you let Mom sign up for this,” Fields said. But once the music cut off, there were hugs all around between the proud boys and their moms.
They have become an Internet sensation throughout the San Antonio community, something Williams or the rest of the women said they never expected. Through Facebook shares and comments, the group said they’ve noticed other parents are inspired to put together similar routines.
Williams said although a majority of the mothers have sons on the team, they were joined by others who just wanted to support the team.
The dance crew has been invited to perform on local TV shows and uploaded the video to The Ellen DeGeneres Show‘s EllenTube to put it on her radar.
Though they’re enjoying the attention, the moms aren’t letting their Internet fame come before their true focus.
“We don’t want to lose sight of why we did this, it’s not about us — it’s about our sons,” Fields said.
The Steele Knights will take on the Brennan Bears Saturday at 2 p.m. at Heroes Stadium.