Internet Sensation Backpack Kid Gives Support to the Aurora Theatre of Gwinnett County
The “Floss” is an international craze thanks to the whacky choreography of internet sensation Backpack Kid (known to family and friends as Russell Horning). The Aurora Theater of Gwinnett County is where Backpack Kid got his start on stage, and he shows his gratitude through regular support.
The most commendable celebrities are the ones who don’t let fame alter who they are and who pay respect to their roots after they’ve achieved wide recognition. Backpack Kid Russell Horning is just such a character, demonstrating how celebrities can be positive role models to their fans and community while strengthening the platforms that led to their success.
At just 17 years old, Backpack Kid has already made international news for his star-studded backing and is replicated in online videos by thousands of fans. He’s been endorsed through social media by superstar icons like Rihanna and has even danced alongside Katy Perry during her SNL performance.
The Floss with Russell Horning “Backpack Kid”
Of the pop singer’s invitation to the SNL performance, Backpack Kid remains modest and grateful.
“She found my Instagram on her recommended page and saw that I enjoyed doing what I did, and liked that about me,” says Backpack Kid. “She invited me to perform with her.”
He’s since gained recognition for guest performances at elementary schools, arriving with school supplies and backpacks, and for the charities, he speaks on behalf of and supports through donations.
But before he was world-famous, Backpack Kid Russell Horning had his start in drama at the Aurora Theater of Gwinnett County. He attended their performance workshops and he regularly supports them.
The Aurora Theatre was established in 1996 when a local hardware store in the suburbs of Atlanta got a major remodel in support of the arts. Officials of the City of Lawrenceville, GA understood the beneficial economic impact and planned to make the Aurora Theatre the centerpiece for their new vision. Today, the Aurora Theatre serves as the cornerstone for the county’s revitalization plans and a testament to what city officials can accomplish.
The Theatre remodel came about because of a unique partnership between the city government, private developers and a non-profit charity. Renovations began when the city purchased a 100-year-old church and transformed it into a $7.5 million theatre complex. It has been in operation since May of 2007 and is home to a pair of performance spaces that boast 5,000 season ticket holders, produces over 850 events each year and entertains thousands of locals and visitors.
Plus, they have the backing of their ultimate claim to fame, the viral dancing sensation Backpack Kid and his trendy choreography.
Backpack Kid Russell Horning Spreads Cheer by Giving to the Needy on Christmas
Backpack Kid has a lot to be proud of considering his rise to worldwide stardom in a matter of months. What began as a simple dance move he expected to share online with about 30 or 40 friends turned into an international sensation: the Floss. The dance went viral after he posted it, attracting the attention of thousands and earning shout-outs from megastars like Rihanna and Katy Perry.
He’s only just turned 17 years old and Backpack Kid already has millions of online followers (on platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube) and reached nearly 50 million views in 2018. He’s performed on the SNL stage with Katy Perry on the invitation, and his dance is so legendary it’s been incorporated into one of the most popular platform games of all time.
Though he’s incredibly busy with his rising fame, Backpack Kid isn’t above making time to give back to communities in need. He’s donated personal items to fundraisers to help raise awareness and monetary contributions to help battle diseases. He’s made appearances at elementary schools with impromptu performances and free backpacks and school supplies for the kids.
Internet sensation and dancing phenomenon Backpack Kid (known to friends and family as Russell Horning) have made a big name for himself in a short amount of time. Despite his fame and busy schedule, he finds time to give back across the country, doing charitable work even during the holidays to help those in need.
During the holidays, he surprised needy families in his community with wrapped gifts and danced alongside kids as they celebrated a merry Christmas together. Backpack Kid showed up to one residential home with a pair of friends to help carry in all the presents to the family, sharing a message to his fans in the video of the event:
“For this holiday season,” Backpack Kid tells his audience via Instagram, “I want all y’all to go out and do a good deed, record it, upload it, and hashtag it. Let’s give back this Christmas season.”
Backpack Kid Russell Horning understands the importance of giving back to the less fortunate during the holidays, but he also understands giving back even after the holiday season has passed. Throughout the year, Backpack Kid shows up at conferences, concert events, celebrity gatherings, charitable outreaches, video game tournaments and more. He spreads messages of happiness, togetherness, and love for all to his millions of fans in the hopes that they will adopt a similar mindset.
After the new year, Backpack Kid started off 2019 with another hopeful message to his viewers:
“We got a whole new year ahead of us, so let’s take the opportunity and spread more positivity and stop the negativity––because bad energy won’t help nobody.”