High school dancers performed in Justin Timberlake’s Super Bowl halftime show—and kept it a secret

Imagine you were on a high school dance team and found out you would be performing in the Super Bowl halftime show? With. Justin. Timberlake.

Obviously, the first thing you’d want to do is run to tell all of your friends the exciting news—after you posted about it on social media, of course! But the hundreds of Minnesota teens who performed alongside Timberlake during the Super Bowl LII halftime show had to keep it under wraps until the big game.

“There was huge secrecy,” Minnesota State High School League spokesman John Millea told the Star Tribune. “Everybody kept a lid on it very nicely.”

Of course, once the halftime show was underway, students, parents and staff from the schools that participated took to social media to finally share their pride and excitement.

Fortunately for the excited dancers, they didn’t have to hold on to the secret for too long. While the halftime show is a huge production, the dancers didn’t find out until just one week before the big day that they would be involved. And if you think it was hard for the students to keep quiet, it appears the adults, including Millea, needed to exercise some restraint as well!

Other school administrators shared their pride in their hometown students taking the big stage.

In addition to dancing during the halftime show, Minnesota high school students also performed in NFL events leading up to the Super Bowl, including the pre-game events at U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday.

And local high schools weren’t the only young people to show off their talent during the halftime show. The University of Minnesota’s marching band played and danced along with Timberlake as he performed his hit “Suit and Tie.”

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And it’s safe to say these college students were just bit excited after hitting the field and playing their hearts out.

Congratulations to all the talented (and lucky) students on making the most of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity—and for managing to keep the secret all week long!