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Be Happy to learn flash mob dance for Canada Day

Want to be part of a flash mob dance? Learn the FUSE Festival flash mob dance set to Pharrell Williams' Happy, on Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m., at Halifax Central Library or June 24, 8:45 to 9:15 p.m., at Dartmouth Crossing Pondside Ampitheatre before the July 1 FUSE Festival performance on the Halifax Commons.
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Learn a flash mob dance to Pharrell Williams' hit Happy Sunday at 2 p.m., as well as June 24, for a July 1 FUSE Festival flash mob dance on the Halifax Commons at 2 p.m. (SHAWN AHMED via Wiki Commons)

Want to be part of a flash mob dance?

Learn the FUSE Festival flash mob dance set to Pharrell Williams' Happy, on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Halifax Central Library's Paul O’ Regan Hall.

The flash mob takes place July 1 on the Halifax Commons at 2 p.m. as part of the the FUSE Festival and Canada Day celebrations.

Sunday's free class is for all ages and abilities. Apart from the flash mob moves taught by Maria Osende, FUSE Festival's creator and artistic director, there are also performances in hip hop by KIDZAC and contemporary dance by Nostos Collective.

The FUSE Festival, celebrating Nova Scotia's diversity through dance, debuts July 1 on the Halifax Commons at 2 p.m. on Canada Day. The day-long festival features over 20 cultural dance performances by professional and community groups including Mi'kmaq, African, Indian, Latin and hip hop.

Osende will also teach the flash mob dance moves on June 24 from 8:45 to 9:15 p.m. at the Dartmouth Crossing Pondside Ampitheatre.

"The point of a flash mob or any collective dance experience is to reinforce a very basic truth," says festival publicist Elizabeth MacDonald. "Everyone can dance and dance is for everyone.

"This is a very easy flash mob dance with elements of Bollywood, jazz, flamenco, highland and hip hop. It's very easy to learn."

People may also learn it by watching a video online. "You can also learn it on the spot,” says MacDonald. “As soon as you hear the tune, gravitate to the space and follow the moves, it is that easy."

The FUSE Festival will soon announce its full lineup.



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