"Don't move your eyes - just stare"

JOEL MAXWELL
Last updated 16:40 06/12/2012
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Freeze: Briar Thomson keeps perfectly still in the front window of Pagani.

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Otaki College students worked hard to stand still today in the lead-up to a special performance in Paraparaumu on Saturday.

Performing arts students took turns as human mannequins in the front windows of Pagani during the lunchtime bustle on State Highway 1.

 Student Briar Thomson said posture was key to making a realistic mannequin - and keeping your smile natural and not ''cheesy''.

The pair will be part of a live performance instalment running in Coastlands on Saturday from 11am with live student mannequins in five shops.

Teacher Anna Groves said the storefront show today was practise for the real thing on Saturday.

There will be two mannequins in each of the store windows for about half an hour - to be followed by a second, mystery performance at the mall from midday, she said.

Meanwhile fellow mannequin and student Hemaima Rikihana said the key to giving a good still performance is focus.

''[and] Don't move your eyes - stare at one thing...and don't do poses with one hand up, or on one foot, because you're gonna get tired.''

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