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Newton residents ‘Can’t Stop the Feeling’

Natalie Umsted gets the angle on Joel Jones as he dances in the aisles for Newton’s version of the “Can’t Stop the Feeling” video to Justin Timberlake’s new hit single. The video showcases different places around Newton with several residents taking part in the dance video.
Natalie Umsted gets the angle on Joel Jones as he dances in the aisles for Newton’s version of the “Can’t Stop the Feeling” video to Justin Timberlake’s new hit single. The video showcases different places around Newton with several residents taking part in the dance video.

They “Can’t Stop the Feeling.”

More than 20 Newton residents laced up their dance shoes to take part in a local video based on Justin Timberlake’s recent hit “Can’t Stop the Feeling” to help showcase different areas of Newton.

“The original video for Justin Timberlake’s song, ‘Can’t Stop the Feeling,’ is set in a small town with several 1950s- and 1960s-era establishments,” organizer Natalie Umsted said. “Watching the video, it was easy to see similarities between the fictional community in the video and Newton, which made us want to do a recreation. Plus, the song is easy to dance to and has a fun vibe.”

Clips were recorded at well known locations throughout Newton including Maytag Pool, Hy-Vee, Maid-Rite and several downtown businesses. Newton Daily News Editor Abigail Pelzer took her turn on screen at Classic Car Wash.

“I wouldn’t typically dance in front of a car wash along First Avenue, but for my love of Newton — and Justin Timberlake — I felt compelled,” Pelzer said. “I think projects like this are a really fun way to celebrate our great community.”

Filming also made its way to Hy-Vee where Joel Jones, manager of perishables, busted a move down the storeaisles.

“I was excited to help promote Newton in any way I can. I thought the video was a really cool thing showing off some of small town aspects we have. It was also kind of fun being silly,” Jones said.

The video can be seen on Get to Know Newton’s YouTube channel. A link to the video will be available on the city’s social media accounts beginning Thursday.

Dancers in the video in order of appearance are Chaz Allen, Dan Holtkamp, Andy Swedenhjelm, Grace Coen, Pelzer, Leela Spencer, Umsted, Jones, Jessica Lowe, Amanda Price, Haley Sevenbergen, Edward Williams Jr., Zion Dickey, Bryan Friedman, Matt Koon, Zach Umsted, Ella Price, Mike McCormick, Amber Barr, Hailey Coy, Nathan Unsworth, Molly Coy, Robyn Friedman and Talia Friedman.  

Contact Jamee A. Pierson at 641-792-3121 ext. 6534 or jpierson@newtondailynews.com

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