Do the World Youth Day Dance
For Catholic flash mob and dance enthusiasts, next weekend will be big.
The world’s largest “flash mob” dance is being planned for Sunday of World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, where an estimated 2 million people will perform it for Pope Francis.
The World Youth Day dance in Brazil will follow America’s largest flash mob/dance event, National Dance Day. Sponsored by the Dizzy Feet Foundation and promoted by the television show So You Think You Can Dance, the annual event encourages people to dance by providing a choreographed routine and encouraging groups to learn it and perform it in a public place.
Want to learn the dances?
Choreographed to the song Francisco, which was specially composed for the occasion, the World Youth Day dance is vigorous but simple. An 11-minute video on YouTube features the choreographers and teen dancers demonstrating the steps. It’s in Portuguese, but easy to follow:
The National Dance Day dance is a little more complicated but there’s still plenty of time to get a group together to learn and dance it. This year there are actually two, one for all abilities and one for experienced hip hop dancers. Watch instructions for both here.
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