St. Patty's Flash Mob Hits Sydney, Australia

People at Central Station in Sydney, Australia got a St. Patrick's Day surprise on Thursday. A "flash mob" of step dancers appeared, performed, and then faded back into the crowd. Michele Norris and Robert Siegel tell us about it.

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MICHELE NORRIS, host:

And finally this hour, a St. Patrick's Day surprise.

ROBERT SIEGEL, host:

Today seemed like any other day at the Central Railway Station in Sydney, Australia - until music was suddenly piped in.

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NORRIS: A single Irish step dancer, a teenage boy, separated from the crowd of commuters and began to dance. A half-dozen more people emerged, then dozens more.

SIEGEL: Until a tightly packed line of dancers, arms held stiffly at their sides, jumped and tapped in unison.

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SIEGEL: There were small kids in school uniforms, and dancers from the show "Riverdance."

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NORRIS: Now, this was no grassroots flash mob. It was organized by Tourism Ireland and by a group calling itself the Sneaky Steppers -which, among other things, produces what it calls sneaky dance ambush videos.

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(Soundbite of cheering)

SIEGEL: And as the music ended, these Sneaky Steppers silently dispersed back into the train station crowd.

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