Dance the Week Away

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    Students from different California universities dance during a spring break party at the Holiday Inn in Palm Springs, Calif., Wednesday, March 25, 2009. (AP Photo/Eric Reed)

    A flash mob gathered in San Francisco's Union Square Friday to kick off Bay Area National Dance Week with the first in a planned annual "One Dance" performance.

    The group danced to the catchy "Jai-Ho" from the Academy Award-winning film "Slumdog Millionaire." Dancers of all styles as well as non-dancer volunteers performed a show in unison called "Jewels in the Square" at noon.

    Organizers hope it will be one of the largest unifying dance events in the Bay Area in recent history. Bay Area National Dance Week is a 10-day celebration that will include free events across the Bay Area, according to event organizers.

    The events will feature various styles, including fire dance, ballet, modern, Argentine tango, same-sex tango, classical Indian, jazz, hip-hop, hula, Samba, classical Chinese, belly dance, aerial dance, West African, Scottish and more.

    San Francisco is not the only Bay Area city pushing to get people moving. Last month, groups gathered around the world to dance as part of Dance Anywhere Day. The inspired movement started in Berkeley six years ago and has since become a global party.

    Bay City News contributed to this report.