Flash mob against homophobia – May 18, 2011

Read on Canberra Times website here.

Flash mob tackles bullying in Civic


Erindale College students didn’t let a technical difficulty during yesterday’s flash mob performance in Civic stop them from spreading the message that bullying people because of their sexuality is wrong.

The speakers gave out halfway through the performance, so the dancers took on the job of vocals as they loudly sang I Am What I Am by Gloria Gaynor, We R Who We R by Ke$ha and Born this way by Lady Gaga.

The 28 students wore multi-coloured face paint and ribbons and descended upon The Canberra Times Fountain in Civic for an impromptu performance that attracted a large, curious audience.

Maigan Fowler took part in the performance which marked International Day Against Homophobia.

”Nobody has the right to make somebody feel bad because of who they are,” she said.

Members of the flash mob are taking the Year 12 unit, Dance and the Media. Alyssha Clarke said the class studied the role of dance in communicating messages to a mass audience.

”We really wanted to see if dance can change the way people perceive things,” she said.

”So instead of dance just being for entertainment, we wanted to see if it could change society’s views.”

Dance teacher Pip O’Shea said teenagers were often criticised for being apathetic and she was proud of her students for breaking the stereotype.

”If you’ve seen the enthusiasm and dedication that I’ve seen the before school rehearsals, the lunchtime rehearsals, the choreographing. They’ve been setting up Facebook pages and really trying to let the community know what they’re doing,” she said.

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