A large group of female learners from Paarl Girl’s High School and other schools broke out into song and dance at the Paarl Mall on Friday, stopping shoppers in their tracks and getting everyone in a weekend mood.

Anjulie Nock, a spokesperson for the high school’s Art department, says the flashmob performance was part of the National All Girls’ Festival.

“Our school hosted the National All Girls’ Festival. We were in charge of the vocal ensemble devision. We decided on the flashmob as a fun team-building activity for the participants,” she says.

The performance was caught on film, and begins with one of the teens walking into an open space in the mall as the whole group begins singing iconic pop group ABBA’s ‘I Had A Dream’, and the rest of the learners slowly join the ‘stage’ in twos and threes to perform a choreographed dance as the song goes on.

“We needed a piece that we knew the participants would all know the words to (hopefully). ABBA is a good option in this regard,” says Nock.

Nock adds that the girls practiced and trained for the show a mere day before they performed. The practice covered choir choreography, use of percussion and vocal techniques.

The young women were out to give it their all, and continued the show with more hit ABBA songs. Locals walking around the mall were completely taken by surprise by their sing-alongs and dances to songs like ‘Mamma Mia’, ‘Thank you for the Music’ and ‘Dancing Queen’.

The flashmob, who gave a show that went on for over eight minutes, was met with cheers and clapping from the audience. See their performance below:

Picture: Paarl Girls High, Facebook

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Ishani Chetty

Ishani is a vegetarian who is passionate about animals, social issues, the environment and current affairs.