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Kevin Bacon dances back to ‘Footloose’ high school

UTAH (AP) – Actor Kevin Bacon on Saturday returned to the Utah high school where the classic movie Footloose was filmed more than 40 years.

Bacon danced his way to a stage on a Payson High School athletic field on Saturday to greet students before what likely was the final prom held at the school, which is set to be torn down next spring.

“You talked me into it,” Bacon said, according to a video posted by Salt Lake City’s ABC 4. “It’s great to see that kind of commitment to anything. I also think that it’s amazing to see the power that this movie has had to bring people together.”

Bacon starred in Footloose as a Chicago teen who moved to a small town and fought its ban on dancing. Payson High School students ended on Saturday with a Footloose-themed prom, just as the movie ended.

About 21,000 people live in Payson, which is about 60 miles south of Salt Lake City.

Actor Kevin Bacon, centre, helps fill care packages for his charity in Payson, Utah, while visiting the Utah high school where the classic ‘Footloose’ was filmed. PHOTO: AP