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January 7, 2013

(Video) Dancing in the dark: Gangnam Style dance class goes on despite power outage

MANKATO — Who needs electricity when you’ve got style. Gangnam Style, to be specific.

And you’d need to be. Specific, that is.

With so much passing for “style” these days, it’d be easy to get a little lost in all of it. But even for people who don’t really pay attention to a lot of the pop culture nonsense, it’d be difficult to at least not be aware of Gangnam Style — the now-iconic song, dance and viral video from Korean-born artist Psy.

The Gangnam Style dance is a curious thing. Based loosely, it would seem, on horseback riding, it involves a series of motions mimicking the holding of the reins, the swinging of a lasso, and the shaking of a booty.

“You’d have to be living under a rock to have not seen the video,” one participant says.

So it makes sense, then, that at some point in the days following its release — days that included, in case you don’t know, world-wide acclaim — the phenomenon would find its way to a dance class near you.

That brings us up to Sunday, where the proprietor of the Satori Violet School of Dance offered what, we’re guessing, was the first Gangnam Style dance class in the Mankato area.

“I thought the video was hilarious, and I thought somebody in Mankato needed to do a class,” said Violet Kind, owner, speaking of the music video for the “Gangnam Style” song. “Besides, everybody needs to dance more.”

In the moments leading up to the noon class time, though, the downtown area lost power, leaving the 16 people gathered for the class at the Fine Arts Ballet School wondering if they’d be doing any dancing at all. Kind made a few quick phone calls to see about getting the class moved to an emergency back-up site, but got no answers, and no returned calls.

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