Flash mobs are are formed when a group of people who appear to be unrelated moving through or enjoying a public space suddenly suddenly break out of everyday life to be come performers. The people who really are just passing through or enjoying their space, are quickly cast into the role of audience. While the first performers are few in number at the start, as the event unfolds, members of the newly created "audience" often jump up and join the performers. No one is clear what is happening or who is part of the performance. I have always secretly wanted to be swept into a flash mob.
My nephew, Tim Riel, decided to orchestrate a flash mob in San Francisco to celebrate his 30th birthday and invited his family and friends to participate. This gave a chance to see how a flash mob is organized. A few teaching videos were circulated, some with the whole dance and others with just the chorus. The dancing was to The Time of my Live from the soundtrack of Dirty Dancing. Then on July 28th, the flash mob travelled to San Francisco and collected and then moved from one location to the next, each time spontaneously breaking out into song and dance. The music was provided by a gas powered setup on a luggage rack with a tiny nano ipad connected. It was so much fun to watch the reactions of people as the music started and then appeared to pull the dancers out of the air.
I did a pretty good job of avoiding the camera in this final performance but you might be able to find me in the back with during the middle of the video with sunglasses and with an orange and black top. I had so much fun!!!!