ANTIOCH -- Generally speaking, when a boss has a project for you, it doesn't involve dancing, and certainly not filming and dancing.

But that's the assignment Karina Da Silva received from her manager, James Frye, at Antioch's Safeway.

"He came up with the idea," Da Silva said. "He approached me because he knows I've taken video production."

The assignment: Film Safeway crew dancing to the stunningly infectious -- and oh-so-popular -- "Happy" by Grammy-winner Pharrell Williams.

"He wanted to boost up morale," she said. "He got the idea from seeing multiple other 'Happy' parody videos on YouTube."

So, the Deer Valley High School student got to work.

A sign-up sheet in the break room explained the plan, and those interested added their names to the list.

"As I was filming the people who signed up, I still went around the store and asked if anyone else was interested."

Da Silva ended up putting 40 employees in the video.

Once it was complete, it hit social media and took off.

As of Tuesday, the Safeway "Happy" parody had more than 11,000 hits on YouTube (it can be viewed at http://bit.ly/1lcI14r).

She said it took about two weeks to film "because everyone wasn't there at the same time."

Employees, the manager and Da Silva are receiving lots of positive feedback. "I knew the video would be funny and people would enjoy it, but I didn't think it would get viewed this fast by so many people," she said.


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She's had customers tell her they've seen the video and think it's great. "It's really cool how popular it got (and) so fast." As a video production class student, Da Silva has made music videos but never "anything like this for a job."

She's part of the television program at DVHS. "We do the news, which plays on every TV in the classrooms every morning."

Da Silva has worked at the Deer Valley Road store for nearly two years, and is currently a barista for the in-store Starbucks.

The senior plans to attend Pittsburg's Los Medanos College in the fall, transfer to a four-year school and study to become a speech pathologist.

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