Are you “Happy” Red Deer?

I would like to thank all the happy people from Red Deer that have been dancing, wiggling, skipping and smiling into my camera this week.
In specific I would like to thank the CARE Immigrant Centre for their support and the media for promoting this HAPPY project.

When we came up with the idea of producing a video a couple days ago, it was just a little fun project for my husband Dirk and me. After a whole week of dancing through Red Deer we are blown away from all the positive response that we have been receiving from the community, friends and people that we have never met before. It shows us that Red Deer really is a happy place and that this happiness comes straight out of our hearts. No matter where we come from and how old we are, it has so much power that it unites us all. This is, what makes us really happy.

I am on to editing now. It will be hard to choose from all the wonderful scenes that I got as I have to squeeze it all into 4 minutes. So there might be an extended version. :)
Thank you all.

Happy smiles,

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Red Deerians are invited to celebrate being happy… in Red Deer’s version of a YouTube video phenomenon.
Across the globe, people have been posting their own tributes to the Pharrell Williams hit song Happy on YouTube. Dozens of videos each showcase residents of a particular town, or other group, jumping, jiving, bopping, wiggling and generally celebrating to Williams’ song.

Now Red Deerians are invited to get in on the action. Video shoots are happening this week in Red Deer, with a flash mob planned on Thursday at 12.30pm at the Veterans Park. The video will have about 50-70 scenes, showing people dancing to the song in several locations in Red Deer. The expected release date is the first week of May.

“Don’t be surprised if you see people suddenly start dancing while crossing a street, or who knows where else,” says organizer and Red Deerian, Kerstin Heuer.
“We’re aiming to show the great diversity that is Red Deer,” says Kerstin’s husband, and co-organizer, Dirk Heuer. “It’s part of what makes Red Deer great, and ultimately ‘happy’!”
“We are looking for people who want to participate in the flash mob,” says Kerstin Heuer, “so if you’re ready to dance and smile, let us know!”
To get inspired take a look what other cities have been doing.

Canada gets Happy with Pharrell Williams dance videos

Written and performed by American singer and producer Williams, the song was also nominated for the Best Original Song Oscar at the Academy Awards after being featured in the film Despicable Me 2 last year. When first released, the song was accompanied by a music video lasting 24 hours, showing Williams and various others, including celebrities, dancing all over Los Angeles.

Dance along if you feel like happiness is the truth.