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Published November 29, 2011, 10:31 PM

NDSU football players test their skills in the ballroom

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - While the NDSU coaching staff is trying to figure out a way to stop James Madison tonight, five Bison players had an even tougher assignment than two-a-days – learning how to dance.

By: Dom Izzo, WDAY

While the NDSU coaching staff is trying to figure out a way to stop James Madison tonight, five Bison players had an even tougher assignment than two-a-days – learning how to dance.

These are the moves that Marcus Williams and Leevon Perry are used to. Tonight though, they're trying out some new ones. This is their final exam of their ballroom dancing class.

Marcus Williams – NDSU Sophomore Cornerback: “Coach Bohl brought me to his office and told me I was going to be in a dance class. He said, “You're going to be ballroom dancing.”

It's a class that Gelking has been teaching for nearly 50 years, and for the football players, the class has actually helped.

Now you'd think playing division one football is tough enough, but the players say this class takes the cake.

Dom: “Now what's more initimidating: Doing this in front of all these players, or playing in front of 19,000 at the Dome on Saturday?”

Leevon Perry – NDSU Sophomore Defensive Tackle: “Might be this. Might be this. Playing in front of people isn’t really nothing. You play as a team, you mess up everyone is going to see you.”

Gelking tells me he hopes that a couple of the players will stay on for the advanced class next semester.

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