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Thousands groove to Thriller

Dhanusha Gokulan / 12 May 2012

Event at Burj Steps held to encourage people to get into fitness in an enjoyable manner

DUBAI — Michael Jackson’s hit song ‘Thriller’ can get anyone on their toes and move the shoulders. Set against the iconic backdrop of Burj Khalifa, a few thousand dancers grooved to the song at the first-ever dance extravaganza at Downtown Dubai on Friday. From zombie walks to well coordinated dance moves, the event saw high-energy action from every single participant.

“It was a one of a kind exhilarating experience. You are standing among several like-minded people and the backdrop of Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Fountain made things pretty amazing,” said dancer and marketing professional at Fitness First Sarah Bell.

Jointly organised by Emaar Properties and Fitness First, the dancers donned their dancing shoes and the Burj Steps, overlooking Burj Khalifa, came alive to a footloose dance spectacle.

Mark Botha, sales and marketing director of Fitness First said, “The whole point of the event was to encourage fitness as a community event.  It was to encourage people to get into fitness as a lifestyle and the reason we didn’t keep the event as a flash mob is because we wanted people to know about it and take part,” said Botha. Fitness can be a highly enjoyable experience. he added.

The dance gala featured both professional dancers as well as rank amateurs with a passion for dance and music. Fitness First choreographed the routine and taught their members the dance steps via social media channels and scheduled rehearsals.

Indian national Kunal Thakur said, “I enjoy dancing and I am a big time fitness freak. I have been working out for four years. The event was fabulous, the crowd was really energetic. You would think that people would not come in because it’s a Friday and the best part was everyone came in with their families and people really enjoyed themselves.  A lot of university students participated in the event as well. Besides, I love Michael Jackson. His style is one of my favourite dance moves, so it made the event a lot more enjoyable.”


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