All Abilities Dance Troupe joins the global Dance for Kindness flashmob

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Wearing bright orange shirts and with equally bright spirit, the All Abilities Dance Troupe did their part to promote kindness and inclusion as part of the eighth annual worldwide Dance for Kindness flashmob and freezemob on Sunday, November 10.

The event, which has participants in 50 countries around the world, celebrates World Kindness Day. Technology linked them together as groups from around the world danced to the same song.

It was the first time the All Abilities Dance Troupe has participated.

To kick off the event, musician Zack Fitzsimmons performed fan favorites to get the spirit of dance going among the crowd. He was later joined by the members of the Huntsville Ukulele Group to keep the excitement going after the flashmob.

Coordinator of the All Abilities Dance Troupe, Andrea Johnston, welcomed everyone to the event which included 35 dancers and many spectators coming to cheer on the dancers.

The dance performance was dedicated in loving memory of Gerri-Lee Nunn because of her passion for the All Abilities Dance Troupe. Nunn was a champion for kindness and the performers all raised a big heart symbol for her.

Zack Fitzsimmons gets the crowd warmed up (Cheyenne Wood)

Zack Fitzsimmons gets the crowd warmed up (Cheyenne Wood)

Kelly Miller and Gwen Jones remind everyone to use a hashtag to promote the event (Cheyenne Wood)

Kelly Miller and Gwen Jones remind everyone to use a hashtag to promote the event (Cheyenne Wood)

The All Abilities Dance Troupe has been performing in the community for six years (Cheyenne Wood)

The All Abilities Dance Troupe has been performing in the community for six years (Cheyenne Wood)

The flashmob was a reminder that kindness matters (Cheyenne Wood)

The flashmob was a reminder that kindness matters (Cheyenne Wood)

Johnston thanked Town of Huntsville CEO Denise Corry for sponsoring the venue for the event, the Huntsville Festival of the Arts and Community Living Huntsville for supporting the All Abilities Dance Troupe for their sixth dance season, and the Muskoka Dance Academy which donated studio space for the troops to practice. Special thanks went out to DN Designs for the wonderful t-shirts for the dancers and to Creative Community Muskoka for displaying an interactive art display with a stamp of kindness on it from everyone who attended the event.

The global organizers, Life Vest Inside, a non-profit organization that inspires, educates and empowers youth to become kind leaders, want every country to put out a kindness challenge to create a ripple effect around the world. The All Abilities Dance Troupe encourages people to donate by checking out the Dance for Kindness Huntsville fundraising page for Life Vest Inside. Ten per cent of the donations received on the local page will support the Pathways program through Community Living Huntsville.

Community Living Huntsville invites everyone to attend their annual Christmas Open House on December 5 from 1-3 p.m. and to participate in their Children’s Toy Drive as their kindness challenge. It’s not too late to donate!

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