Merimbula Public School's Dance Group took to the streets of Merimbula on the weekend, making the sunny Saturday morning even more spectacular! Following their recent outstanding performance at the Sapphire Coast Learning Community Performing Arts Festival, dance teacher Ms Manda Hensman and principal Mrs Michelle Hulme decided that one more performance was needed - a performance to top all performances!
The dance group gathered at school early to dress and rehearse, ready to take to the streets and entertain the public. They were also on a mission to entertain the 'Merimbula Cash Mob', a group of locals who set out each month to surprise a lucky store and spend up big, whilst supporting local business.
The Cash Mob started out at the Merimbula Hardware store, as the dance group walked robot-style through the streets in their dressing gowns! The gowns soon came off though to reveal bright-coloured morph suits, that entertained as much as the colourful moves and interesting choreography.
The Merimbula Public School 'Flash Mob' of dancers first took to Hyland's Corner. They began dancing to a lively mash-up of popular music, entertaining the Cash Mob who were visiting the Merimbula Ice Creamery for a coffee after their big spend. The dancers then joined the local 'mob', celebrating all that is Merimbula with two scoops of their favourite flavours!
Flash mobs are known as groups of people who assemble and dance suddenly, or perform brief, random and unusual acts for the purpose of entertainment, satire or expression. While flash mobs have appeared at Sydney Harbour, Central Station and Bondi Beach, attracting millions of hits on social media sites, this may well be Merimbula's first flash mob. It probably won't be long until the group are on YouTube receiving their own hits.
After their short ice cream break, Ms Hensman and her Flash Mob once again took to the streets, dancing the Macarena across the crossing, down Market Street and to the lakeside. The customers of the Waterfront restaurant then became the excited audience of the colourful group, as the Year 3 to 6 students danced before one of the most stunning backdrops of the Sapphire Coast.
"You have to love dancing and working in such a fun school with such fun staff," Mrs Hulme said. "Having such inspiring and motivated teachers makes sure that fun is all in a day’s work, or in this case a fun Saturday event for the community".
Mrs Hulme thanked the Cash Mob for supporting the community and also thanked the many parents and caregivers who supported the surprise event by allowing their children to be involved. As well as the staff involved, the students and their families also had a great time.
"We are so fortunate to live in such a vibrant, supportive community" Mrs Hulme said. "We just wanted to give back to the businesses who so often support us and other local schools.”
The school takes pride in its involvement with the community, as was shown in their recent partnership with the 'Our Merimbula' Chamber Of Commerce as part of the winter holiday Family Festinitiative.
The school cannot wait until its next surprise event and community partnership!