Flashmob dance proposal goes viral

21:57, Jan 21 2013
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HAPPY COUPLE: Dallas Harema proposed to his girlfriend, Lucy Ferris, with a flashmob dance in Re:Start Mall on Saturday.

A marriage proposal in the form of a flashmob dance has gone viral.

Thousands of people have watched a video of the dramatic proposal, with the Christchurch couple receiving congratulation text messages from strangers.

Dallas Harema proposed to his girlfriend, Lucy Ferris, with a carefully choreographed dance at the busker pitch in Re:Start mall in central Christchurch on Saturday.

The proposal was a complete surprise for Ferris, who said yes.

It was filmed by The Press and has attracted thousands of hits online.

Harema said he was surprised by the response.

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"I am shocked. That wasn't really the intention. I just wanted to do something that would blow Lucy away. I guess this comes with doing something in public," he said.

"We didn't expect the reaction. What was most important was that Lucy enjoyed it and was surprised and felt special. She thought it was absolutely perfect."

"It is a bit surprising to be getting messages from people I don't know wishing us well. There have been a few jokes from single men saying I have ruined it for the rest of them and texts from women saying they hope their future husbands are taking note. It is a little bit weird."

But Harema said he welcomed the text messages. "Whenever I get a text or a phone call it reminds me and I smile. Lucy is still stoked."

Ferris said the response was "overwhelming".

"Even now, it feels quite surreal. It is really beautiful. People have sent the loveliest messages. We know quite a few people from all over the country, so its really awesome to hear from them all," she said.

The Press