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The phrase flash mob dance-off may not have held any relevance to you until now. Thanks to National Dance Week, life can feel like that iconic scene from Ferris Bueller's Day Off in which a crowd of various standers-by suddenly break out into enthusiastic choreographed song and dance for a city-wide celebratory shimmy and shake. Simply find National Dance Week St. Louis 2012 online (, learn this year's opening dance to Kenny Loggins' "Footloose," and show up at the main stage to participate. Come out for the flash mob and stay for the free festivities, featuring more than 50 local dance companies showcasing everything from belly dance and ballet to cultural, tap, modern, hip hop and jazz dance. The event opens at noon on Saturday, April 28, at St. Louis Union Station's South Plaza (1820 Market Street), with the participatory kick line kicking off at 2 p.m. Call 314-703-0985 for more information.
Sat., April 28, 2012

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