UVic Lipdub: An Act of Building Community

Registering participants in UVic Lipdub

On September 25, 2010 I had the opportunity to volunteer at a student-organized event. At 7:00 a.m. on a clear, Saturday morning – the only sunny day in a week of grey, hundreds of students and members from the community gathered at the University of Victoria in Victoria, BC to make a lipdub video to Michael Buble’s, “Haven’t Met You Yet”.

The energy of this coming together of strangers was palpable and we all knew that we were making magic and memories to savour for years to come. Working as one large team, we participated in the day-long filming of the video you are about to watch.

Shawn Slavin

Perfection was not the motivation. Organizer, Shawn Slavin set the tone for the day by sharing his vision for the day: community.

Shawn and his team of volunteers pulled off the unthinkable: an unrehearsed film with approximately 1,000 people.

Teaching the Dance at 8:00 a.m. on the day of filming

At 8:00 a.m. on the day of filming, volunteers went to their assigned classrooms where they met their lipdubbers-in-waiting. Classrooms were designated by letters of the alphabet and after learning the dance, all letters of the alphabet assembled in front of the library to await filming.

Students laughed and shared stories with new and old friends while waiting for filming to begin.  As you watch the YouTube video, I hope that you can experience a little of the joy that was created that day when 1,000 strangers came together to build community.

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