Charli XCX surprises at school homecoming dance

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Charli XCX took a break from touring Wednesday night to perform at an unlikely venue: a high school gymnasium.

The chart-topping 22-year-old pop star delivered the tunes "I Love It," ''Fancy" and "Boom Clap" to a crowd of excited high school students at Aspire Pacific Academy's homecoming dance. She later manned the DJ booth.

"Homecoming dances and proms are an American thing I've always been very fascinated with because all of my favorite movies end with a prom or something like that," said Charli, who was born and raised in England. "I was really excited because I thought it was going to be like my own 'Jawbreaker' moment."

The special homecoming takeover was sponsored by Ubisoft, the video game developer whose recently released "Just Dance 2015" features tracks from Charli. Ubisoft decided to host the "Fancy" dance at Aspire Pacific Academy because of the charter school's commitment to performing arts and higher education.

"When I got a feel for how big this was going to be, I pretty much gave all artistic license over to them because I knew it was going to be big and fun," said John Zapata, the school's principal, who broke the news to students that Charli XCX would perform in their gym. "We're a small charter school. We don't have the resources to do a dance like this. We don't even normally have homecoming."

The event also included appearances by 17-year-old actress Bella Thorne and 25-year-old YouTube sensation Tyler Oakley, who joined students for a round of "Just Dance 2015" before crowning the homecoming court.

"It was really unexpected because they're really famous people," said 16-year-old attendee Samantha Alanis, who was honored as the junior homecoming princess.

Before the performance, students snacked on doughnuts and milkshakes, posed for photos on a red carpet and grabbed "Just Dance" swag. However, they were most interested in attempting to snap selfies with Charli, who happily smiled and flashed a peace sign for anyone who pointed their smartphone in her direction.

Charli's latest album, "Sucker," is set for release Dec. 16.

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Singer Charli XCX performs to high school students during the Just Dance Homecoming at Aspire Pacific Academy on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in Huntington Park, Calif. The event celebrated the launch of the video game Just Dance 2015. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Actress Bella Thorne, right, tries out the Just Dance 2015 video game with high school students during the Just Dance Homecoming at Aspire Pacific Academy on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in Huntington Park, Calif. The event celebrated the launch of the video game, the sixth in the Just Dance series. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Singer Charli XCX performs during the Just Dance Homecoming at Aspire Pacific Academy on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in Huntington Park, Calif. The event celebrated the launch of the video game Just Dance 2015, the sixth in the Just Dance series. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Singer Charli XCX performs during the Just Dance Homecoming at Aspire Pacific Academy on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in Huntington Park, Calif. The event celebrated the launch of the video game Just Dance 2015, the sixth in the Just Dance series. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Singer Charli XCS performs during the Just Dance Homecoming at Aspire Pacific Academy on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in Huntington Park, Calif. The event celebrated the launch of the video game Just Dance 2015, the sixth in the Just Dance series. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Singer Charli XCX performs during the Just Dance Homecoming at Aspire Pacific Academy on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in Huntington Park, Calif. The event celebrated the launch of the video game Just Dance 2015, the sixth in the Just Dance series. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Actress Bella Thorne poses at the Just Dance Homecoming at Aspire Pacific Academy on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in Huntington Park, Calif. The event celebrated the launch of the video game Just Dance 2015, the sixth in the Just Dance series. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Singer Charli XCX performs during the Just Dance Homecoming at Aspire Pacific Academy on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in Huntington Park, Calif. The event celebrated the launch of the video game Just Dance 2015, the sixth in the Just Dance series. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Singer Charli XCX, right, tries out the Just Dance 2015 video game with high school students during the Just Dance Homecoming at Aspire Pacific Academy on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in Huntington Park, Calif. The event celebrated the launch of the video game, the sixth in the Just Dance series. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Singer Charli XCX, left, poses for a photo with Aspire Pacific Academy senior Laura Garcia during the Just Dance Homecoming at the academy on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in Huntington Park, Calif. The event celebrated the launch of the video game Just Dance 2015. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Actress Bella Thorne, right, tries out the Just Dance 2015 video game with high school students during the Just Dance Homecoming at Aspire Pacific Academy on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in Huntington Park, Calif. The event celebrated the launch of the video game, the sixth in the Just Dance series. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Aspire Pacific Academy student Noe Castaneda, 17, gets a kiss from actress Bella Thorne as he is crowned "Just Dance King" during the Just Dance Homecoming at Aspire Pacific Academy on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in Huntington Park, Calif. The event celebrated the launch of the video game Just Dance 2015, the sixth in the Just Dance series. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Singer Charli XCX performs to high school students during the Just Dance Homecoming at Aspire Pacific Academy on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in Huntington Park, Calif. The event celebrated the launch of the video game Just Dance 2015. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Singer Charli XCX performs during the Just Dance Homecoming at Aspire Pacific Academy on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in Huntington Park, Calif. The event celebrated the launch of the video game Just Dance 2015, the sixth in the Just Dance series. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Singer Charli XCX performs to high school students during the Just Dance Homecoming at Aspire Pacific Academy on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in Huntington Park, Calif. The event celebrated the launch of the video game Just Dance 2015. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Singer Charli XCX gets a kiss and a bouquet of flowers from Aspire Pacific Academy Principal John Zapata following her performance at the Just Dance Homecoming at the high school on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in Huntington Park, Calif. The event celebrated the launch of the video game Just Dance 2015. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Singer-songwriter Charli XCX visits the Q102 Performance Theater on Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, in Philadelphia. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)
Charli XCX performs at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Charli XCX arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Singer Charli XCX poses for a portrait on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 in Los Angeles, Calif. (Photo by Omar Vega/Invision/AP)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 22: Singer Charli XCX appears at SiriusXM's Hits 1's The Morning Mash Up Broadcast at SiriusXM Studios on October 22, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tullberg/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 13: Jason Derulo (L) and Charli XCX announce the nominees for the 2014 American Music Awards on 'Good Morning America' at GMA Studios on October 13, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 11: Charli XCX performs at St. Andrews Hall on October 11, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Scott Legato/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 11: Charli XCX performs at St. Andrews Hall on October 11, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Scott Legato/Getty Images)
TORONTO, CANADA - OCTOBER 10: Charli XCX performs at The Hoxton on October 10, 2014 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 06: Singer Charli XCX attends NYLON Magazine's IT Girl Party at Gilded Lily on October 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for NYLON)
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - SEPTEMBER 27: Charli XCX Performs at The Culture Room on September 27, 2014 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Larry Marano/Getty Images)
HAMBURG, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 04: Charli XCX poses before the 'Deutscher Radiopreis 2014' on September 4, 2014 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Oliver Hardt/Getty Images)
CRESTED BUTTE, CO - SEPTEMBER 05: Singer Charli XCX performs for the crowd at Bud Light's Whatever, USA on September 5, 2014 in Crested Butte, Colorado. (Photo by Nick Tininenko/Getty Images for Bud Light)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: Riff Raff, Katy Perry, Sam Smith and Charli XCX attend the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/MTV1415/WireImage)
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