Students step up to Dance Anywhere

The Dance Anywhere association has organized simultaneous dancing across the globe.

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Attempting to stay out of the rain, participants in a ballet dance flash mob line up beside Book & Game and part of Macy's on Main Street at noon Friday for a few songs as part of international Dance Anywhere day.

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A group of ballet dancers, organized by Idalee Hutson-Fish, lining windows on Main Street. The dancers were participating in an international event called Dance Anywhere where people around the world danced at the same time, wherever they were.

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A child's ducky umbrella lays in the rain after its owner and other dancers ducked under awnings to avoid the rain to participate in International Dance Anywhere day Friday.

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Dance instructor Idalee Hutson-Fish leads a group of ballet dancers outside of Book & Game and Macy's on Main Street during a somewhat impromptu flash mob on international dance anywhere day. The group performed several pieces at noon, the same time others around the world were supposed to be participating.

WALLA WALLA - On Friday, a downtown flash mob made up of students of Whitman College and The Dance Center had to be moved across the street at the last minute, but did not call off their dancing because of the rain.

Flash mob organizer Idalee Hutson-Fish said she planned to stage the impromptu dance performance at Land Title Plaza, but at the last minute moved the impromptu event under the canopies along the north side of the Die Brcke building.

So customers of Macy's and Book & Game got to shop for shoes and books while watching 40 youths create a line of plis on the other side of the glass.

The flash mob started at noon, and a little over 10 minutes later it was over.

"We had more planned. We were going to do a circle dance and get more people involvement, but that didn't work out," Hutson-Fish said.

The main reason for holding the flash mob was to take part in the international Dance Anywhere day.

Since 2005, the Dance Anywhere association has organized simultaneous dancing across the globe.

In New York they danced at 3 p.m., in Barcelona at 9 p.m., in Hong Kong at 3 a.m., and in Walla Walla, rain or shine, Hutson-Fish's dancers did their part at noon.

"I thought ‘you know what, we are going to join in and my dancers are going to dance,'" she said.

Alfred Diaz can be reached at alfreddiaz@wwub.com or 526-8325.

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