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We’re five minutes from showtime and my palms will not stop perspiring. My nerves are building, and I’m sure my CSR staff is experiencing similar feelings. We’ve never done anything like this before. Woodside Square Shopping Centre is busier than I had expected. I hope the mall patrons move out of the way before we start dancing. Why did I have to do a flashmob? Before I know it, Mariah Carey’s voice and her glorious Christmas spirit spills from the speakers of the DJ Booth. The professional dancers place themselves in and around Santa’s Castle and begin the choreographed number. Passersby are watching and more are gathering around centre court to see what’s happening. As we wait for our cue, I’m comforted by the smiles of my family who attended in support of my big performance and staff who’ve been rehearsing alongside me for months. We take our positions together and allow the music to guide us. We’re all having fun with it, allowing our Santa hats to bounce freely with every movement! All of those practices are paying off! How are we going to top this next year? Once the song comes to an end, my heart returns to its normal beat. Children are cheering, adults are clapping, and the security guards are relaxing their shoulders in relief. Many who’ve attended our previous events are in the audience, glaring at each of us in awe. I couldn’t have asked for a better turnout. We put on a performance our community members would never forget. They’re the reason we ensure our events don’t miss a beat, literally and figuratively.

Fatima M – Triovest

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