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Posted at 8:45 AM ET, 02/ 9/2011

GW President Knapp becomes YouTube dancing sensation

By Jenna Johnson
Jenna Johnson

This generation of university and college presidents tends to be more down-to-earth and relatable than the stiff figureheads who once led campuses. They are starting Facebook profiles, tweeting about snow days, playing basketball... and dancing with students.

Last week, George Washington University President Steven Knapp and other university officials got their groove on with South Africa's Bokamoso Youth Centre, which was touring in Washington. And, of course, Knapp's sweet dance moves were shared on YouTube.

But this generation of presidents also lives in a world of video editing and spoofing. And so we get to watch Knapp dancing to the song "Shots," a pre-gaming musical sensation. (Come on, it's funny. I'm laughing.)

Meanwhile, on Twitter, @fakestevenknapp (a joke account started by a student) tweeted: "Had no idea someone was filming my weekly dance party. Thankfully no one filmed me dancing to "Back that thang up" #gwu."

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By Jenna Johnson  | February 9, 2011; 8:45 AM ET
Categories:  Networking  | Tags:  George Washington, YouTube  
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