Bollywood-style flash mob celebrates cowboy culture
Dancers invited by city officials to perform twice this year following success in 2012
A 45-person flash mob took to the streets of downtown Calgary on Saturday with a unique fusion of Bollywood dance and cowboy culture.
Last year saw the very first Bolly-Stampede flash mob and organizers say it was so well received that city officials asked them to perform twice this weekend.
"The blend of Bollywood and Stampede is such a unique blend," said choreographer Vish Malpuria. "It's kind of two cultures blending together with high energy, high octane."
Some were left puzzled by the dance but overall, organizers say the performance was well received.
While cowboy country and Bollywood might seem miles apart, those who saw the performance say it's not that much of a stretch.
"Stampede is all about coming together and having a good time," said passerby Brad Wedekind. "It doesn't matter what type of music it is."
Bollywood fans who missed Saturday's flash mob still have one more chance to catch it.
An encore performance is slated for Sunday afternoon on Stephen Avenue.