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Since the start of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, it seems like joy and fun have been in scarce supply. But slowly, as more people become vaccinated, we’re seeing a return to the happy days of old.

Unsuspecting passersby close to Central Park’s Grand Army Plaza were surprised with an interactive “Stand Here For Dance Party,” brought to them by a collaborative effort between the Museum of the City of New York and Charlie Todd and the NYC comedy collective Improv Everywhere.

Photo: YouTube/Improv Everywhere

Whoever chose to stand in one of the clearly marked yellow circles got to be surrounded by 100 other vaccinated people who were putting on a big dance party.

Music was provided for the occasion through a vintage boombox. The event was put on by Todd and his crew in an effort to bring back socialization after so many months of social distancing.

Photo: YouTube/Improv Everywhere
Photo: YouTube/Improv Everywhere
Photo: YouTube/Improv Everywhere

The event shared a statement that said, “As a group that specializes in large-scale surprise moments in public spaces, often involving large groups of people, the past 16 months have been rough…This summer things are finally starting to turn a corner in New York, with very high vaccination rates and very low COVID rates. When we had an opportunity to do a music-themed project with the Museum of the City of New York, we knew it was time to do something big again.”

What do you think of the dance party? Let us know!