There's Nothing Cooler Than A Flash Mob

12.14.11

It's the latest thing, and just so COOL. A flash mob is a large group of people who plan to dance, sing, or perform something simultaneously at the specific time in a very public place. They take place in malls, train stations, in the middle of the street, grocery stores. The trick is to never ask permission, start small adding more and more people till the swarm is impossible to ignore, then quickly vacate the premises before anyone can react to the sudden unexpected performance. The most popular type of flash mob consists of dancers who have learned choreography either as an organized group or from a semi-undisclosed internet source. Most of the time the flash mob is secretly recorded then posted on YouTube for everyone to enjoy.

VIDEO CAPTION: A flash mob wearing golden Hammer pants 'invades' a store in L.A. on Sunset Blvd.

When you're on your own, sharing artistic talent in public at unexpected times can be very intimidating. I love to Irish dance, but whenever I'm caught shuffling in a store or at a gas station the shocked reactions are so intense that it makes me feel like a bug under a microscope. Are dancers, singers and performers so rare? It shouldn't be so shocking that someone has put in the work to learn some cool dance moves. What I love most about flash mobs is the fact that performers are getting out there and sharing their talent in large groups. Not only does a large mob make performing at unexpected times less intimidating, it's also amazing to witness such a large group of people doing the same thing at the same time.

VIDEO CAPTION: Unsuspecting shoppers got a big surprise while enjoying their lunch in a mall food court. Over 100 participants sing the Hallelujah Chorus in this Christmas Flash Mob.

I'm just so ecstatic that performers are getting out there and sharing their talent with the world. There are not enough opportunities to perform and millions of talented people out there. It's time we all got up to dance in the middle of the street! You may have been afraid to show what you can do before, but now you have no excuse.

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Article written by Shelly Allen.

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