Kevin Bacon returns to 'Footloose' high school to attend the prom

Kevin Bacon has confirmed his return to Payson High School, in Payson, Utah, the setting for numerous scenes in the legendary movie Footloose.

Oliver Thansan
Oliver Thansan
24 March 2024 Sunday 16:32
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Kevin Bacon returns to 'Footloose' high school to attend the prom

Kevin Bacon has confirmed his return to Payson High School, in Payson, Utah, the setting for numerous scenes in the legendary movie Footloose. After more than forty years since the actor starred in his iconic dance on the big screen, Bacon has agreed to return to school in response to a campaign promoted by Payson High students themselves. He confirmed it during the broadcast of the American morning program, Today Show, from the same educational center.

This announcement comes at an opportune time, marking the 40th anniversary of the release of Footloose. Payson High School students have been requesting Bacon's visit, launching a social media campaign with the hashtag

The commitment and dedication of the students did not go unnoticed by the actor, who praised the creativity demonstrated in their efforts to bring him back to school.

In a message to students, Bacon expressed his gratitude for the work done on the campaign and confirmed his attendance at the event. This gesture is especially meaningful as the school will be moving to a new building after the current academic year, making this the last opportunity for Bacon to attend prom at the location where Footloose was filmed.

Bacon's visit to Payson High School also coincides with the centennial of film and television in Utah, and the Utah Film Commission has been working closely with students in organizing this special event.

Utah Film Commission Director Virginia Pearce highlighted the importance of Footloose in the state's cinematic history and the lasting impact it has had on the local community and the world.

Footloose, released in 1984, was largely filmed in Utah County, creating a positive impact on both the local economy and film tourism in the region.

The film continues to be a cultural reference and its influence endures in the community where it was filmed. Therefore, Bacon's visit to Payson High School becomes an emotional and memorable event for the students and the entire community.