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AYER — Put on your dancing shoes and rosin up your heartstrings, folks, there’s a dance party coming to town.

Set for Sunday, Nov. 12 at 1 p.m. on Main Street, this is no local take on “Dancing with the Stars.” It’s the Dance for Kindness and the only “talent” called for is stated in the title.

“Dancing skills are not required, only a desire to promote kindness,” says Fred Deppe, Principal of Page Hilltop Elementary School, which is sponsoring the dance for the second year in a row, in collaboration with the Town of Ayer and support from Main Street Bank volunteers.

“We welcome any adults and children who would like to join us and promote acts of kindness to do so,” Deppe said.

Known as a “freezemob/flashmob” dance, participants will be joining other kindness activists in over 100 cities and towns across the country and around the world to promote the cause.

Life Vest Inside, the non-profit behind the kindness movement and the global “flashmob” initiative, now in its sixth year, was founded in 2011 and shares the world-changing, can-do spirit of other organizations such as Kindness USA 2027 and Pay it Forward.

According to the LVI website, the group’s mission is to “effect global change through inspirational media, technology, education and…social engagement.” And fun events like the Dance For Kindness.

Participants can park in the Main Street Bank and Post Office parking lots or on side streets, Deppe said.

Asked what else – besides dancing – is on the agenda, he listed the following: music, face-painting, and various other activities and offerings from local businesses and school groups.

The event is being coordinated by school staff, bank volunteers, Town Administrator Robert Pontbriand and the Ayer Police and Fire Departments.

For more information and/or to register for the dance, visit A series of pre-event rehearsals will be conducted by local dance instructors, with sign-up via the website.

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