Tuesday, November 8, 2011

I'm a movement by myself, but I'm a force when we're together...

A colleague of mine recently told me that flash mobs were, "soooo 2009."   Come on now now.  That just doesn't make any sense to me.

If dancing around my room alone is fun, and dancing at the Bell in the Hand with Kelly, Lisa, and Chaci is fun to the 10th degree, then it only stands to reason that participating in an organized dancing flash mob with all of my friends is so freaking fun that it hurts. Its science, guys.  Algorithms.

Besides, I'm pretty sure that no fun thing is ever dated.  It is like bowling.  Or like rollerskating.  Figuring out the rubrix cube. Winning Monopoly.  Wearing winged eye-liner.

And even though I've never done any of these things successfully, I hope you get my drift. And so, back to the topic at hand:  flash mobs.

I'll be honest: I don't know the official history of dancing flash mobs. But I do remember the first time I experienced the phenomenon...and if you were a teenager in the 90s, I'll bet my bottom dollar you remember as well.  Seriously, how badly did you want your high school to organize a dance a la "She's All That" for prom?  Whenever I see Freddie Prince Jr. awkward dufas face, I get the Rockefella Skank stuck in my head.  Now its stuck in yours too.

Recently, my friend Kelly and I took a cue from Usher and put together a flashmob for our friends' wedding.

Using a free and un-intuitive download of Audacity, Kelly mixed, cut, and blended the music mix; four songs, four styles, four times the fun.  Pulling inspiration from various music videos, movies, and youtube clips, we then choreographed the 2.5 minute number. We went for simple, classic and hella jazzy dance moves:  grapevines, the Carlton, spirit fingers.  Think Fosse meets Footloose and mix in some fist pumps...and boom goes the dynamite.

The bride, groom, bridal party, friends and family totally embraced the plan, learned the moves via silly youtube videos, and brought swagger and life and fun to the mob.  Check it out, son.

Kelly and I are also available for bar mitzvahs, sweet sixteens, and holiday parties.


  1. This just makes me giggle.....but yes we sweet 16's

  2. That was awesome! Can I hire you for Mia's first bday?