TV’s “Bill Nye the Science Guy” has some pretty cute dance moves.
Bill Nye proved he should also be known as the “Party Guy” when he performed at the Cornell University alumni reunion over the weekend. Several viral videos show Nye dancing to Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk” as a large crowd surrounds him at the event in central New York.
More than 40,000 people viewed a video posted by Cornell grad Sarah Spain, an ESPN reporter and co-owner of the Chicago Red Stars women’s professional soccer team, showing Nye singing along (“Too Hot”) and dances to the 2014 hit.
“There ain’t no party like a @BillNye party because a Bill Nye party doesn’t stop,” Spain wrote.
Chris Washburn, an Ithaca-based disc jockey who performs as DJ Washburn, said on Instagram he was throwing the Cornell reunion party when he spotted Nye in the crowd. He quickly found a picture of “Bill Nye the Science Guy” online and showed it on the big screen for the crowd.
“He was such a memorable person from my childhood,” Washburn wrote. “He wanted to hear uptown funk and although I used to play him I can’t say no to science!!!”
Nye, 66, previously showed off his dance moves on season 17 of “Dancing with the Stars” in 2013, but retired early after suffering an injury during week three of the celebrity ballroom competition.
He is best known for hosting the Emmy-winning television show Bill Nye the Science Guy from 1993-1999 and the Netflix series Bill Nye the Science Guy. He was also CEO of the Planetary Society, wrote more than a dozen books including the bestselling book Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World, and starred in a documentary about his life and career (Bill Nye: Science Guy). , and has appeared in other films and television shows including DWTS and The Big Bang Theory.
Nye, who received his mechanical engineering degree from Cornell University in 1977, has often returned to his alma mater. He was the Frank HT Rhodes Visiting Professor from 2001 to 2005, donated a sundial (the Bill Nye Solar Noon Clock) to the school in 2011, and served as an assembly speaker to graduate students in 2019.
“When it comes to changing the world, don’t be afraid. Don’t freak out… When you need to perform, whether it’s a final exam, dressing up for a date, winning a world war, or managing an entire planet, you might get nervous. You might get scared. That fear can leave you cold, but don’t let it,” Nye said earlier in 2019. “You guys are Cornell University grads for crying out loud!”