In times where freedom of expression means different things to different people, there slowly emerges a trend that catapults into a huge movement across the globe. This peaceful revolution spreads across continents with an unmatched fervor and zeal, in a bid to express various emotions ranging from happiness, anguish, satire or plain indifference. We are talking about the sensational new invention of this generation – the Flash Mob. For those who still haven’t heard about this new age craze, here’s a lowdown.
A flash mob, can broadly be described as a gathering of people, meeting at a premeditated time and location to suddenly perform a bizarre and well synchronized act for a short period of time; and then disperse quickly in the crowd, leaving passersby amazed. Though many people argue about the futility of such an act as a form of mass protest or social cause, others believe that this is probably the best way to shake up people from their slumber so that they sit up and take notice. A flash mob thrives on the faculty of wonder, when the common man is jolted out of his unconsciousness by something that leaves him in a daze. A flash mob fulfils this purpose rather perfectly. Let us look at some of the best and most amazing flash mobs that led the world by a storm.
Glee Flash Mobs, Seattle, USA
This amazingly well choreographed and perfectly executed flash mob dance is one of the rarest few that make you wish that you too were a part of this group. A high energy series of flash mobs broke out at different parts of Seattle in April 2010. The ‘Glee’ TV series sure has a huge fan following, that made sure the flash mobs became an annual feat. Feast your eyes on this one until you feel like getting up and dancing yourself! This deserves to be at number one, hands down!
Michael Jackson Tribute Flash mob, Stockholm, Sweden
Sweden pays a dance tribute to superstar Michael Jackson in a grand fashion – by organizing this extraordinary flash mob. What makes this performance so special is that more than 300 performers got together, and learned this choreography in just half an hour before performing on Jackson’s songs at a busy public square in Stockholm. Hats off to their enthusiasm and devotion for their music idol!
Pregnant Women Flash mob dance, London, UK
A jaw dropping flash mob dance was performed by pregnant women in UK to highlight the fact that women in poor countries are not getting basic healthcare services required for a healthy and safe pregnancy. The women grooved like no one’s watching, without a hint of apprehension. The noble initiative sparked a series of similar flash mobs in Canada, Berlin, Paris and Utrecht in 2008 to bring this unpleasant revelation to everyone’s notice and plead for better women healthcare in all parts of the world.
Flash Mob against Delhi Gang Rape, New Delhi, India
After a 23-year old girl in the Indian capital city of New Delhi was brutally gang-raped and murdered, the whole nation burned with fury and disgust against such heinous crimes against women. In the midst of angry protests and demonstrations, a group of people led by IT offshore training firm Koenig Solutions begs to differ. On the occasion of Republic Day, 26th January 2013, these youthful performers danced to the beats of inspiring Indian numbers to salute the spirit of woman. The flash mob dance was a huge success, since it touched the hearts of the masses with its simplistic message. The video is also available with English subtitles in a bid to make its message truly global.
Gangnam Style Flash mob, Cornell University, New York, USA
Gangnam style by PSY has wowed audiences all over the world, with a series of flash mobs being organized on this latest music sensation. However, the best of the lot is this powerful performance by students of Cornell University. Their dynamic rhythm and impressive co-ordination can be easily spotted in their effort to go the Gangnam way. Kudos to their spirit!
Bondi Beach Flash mob, Sydney, Australia
People lazing around on Bondi Beach on a Saturday afternoon in 2009, were in for a pleasant surprise. Australian drag queen Joyce Maynge led a flash mob of 100 odd dancers, which was organized by DJ Dan Murphy on this beach. Spectators were left begging for more, in this five-minute long hilarious gig performed by beach-goers. The performance was quite lively and vibrant for everyone to enjoy and put a smile on their faces.
Oprah Show Party Surprise Flash mob, Chicago, USA
Oprah Winfrey was in for a huge surprise on her show’s season commencement party where the staff of her company Harpo along with 20,000 other people pulled off a great flash mob performance. The crowd danced on the hit number – ‘I Gotta Feeling’ being performed live by Black Eyed Peas during the event. What makes this flash mob utterly successful and amazing is the interaction of performing band with the crowd, and Oprah’s reaction to this huge surprise. She was ecstatic and thrilled beyond doubt.
These flash mobs are only a handful of what is being going on all around the world. Flash mobs of various kinds and for numerous causes are being held almost everywhere and are catching on like a rage. From freeze flash mobs to dance flash mobs, and from busy stations to shopping centers, they are everywhere! So don’t forget to keep your eyes and ears open the next time you smell a flash mob in your vicinity. Get ready to shake a leg or two and be a part of this huge community that may bend the rules a little bit, but won’t stop at nothing to make its voice heard.