15 June 2011 @ 02:14 pm
Flash mob at the Reston farmers market  
I was in a flash mob on Saturday! My neighbor is a dance teacher who organized a surprise performance at the Reston farmers market at Lake Anne. Through her network of dancer friends, she arranged for secret rehearsals for people all over the DC area. We practiced in small groups for six weeks, and then on Saturday we all came together with a surprise performance.

We started with 20 people in red shirts dancing in different parts of the market to "We Will Rock You." Then the mob of dancers grew to a total of 100 dancers moving in a winding circle around the market. We danced to a medley of eight songs over seven minutes. It was a huge hit! I loved seeing all the people grinning and cheering!

Here is the official video. You can see me starting at 3:30, wearing a red shirt, navy pants, and sunglasses. This video doesn't do a great job of showing how many dancers there were, unfortunately, because we were scattered all over the market and moving in a line. But it's still a lot of fun to watch.

Here are the video clips that Mike took during the flash mob, offering a different perspective (mostly of me, sorry!) ;-)

Reston flash mob
This was our final rehearsal on Friday night. We practiced right here in my neighborhood! I've always wanted to be in a flash mob, and I can't believe that we actually bought a house where flash mobs practice in our parking lot. Pinch me.

Reston flash mob
That's me in the blue shirt, having way more fun than anyone should while exercising outdoors on a 94-degree day.

Reston flash mob
Here I am during the actual performance the next day.

Reston flash mob
Here's a fun still from Mike's video.

Reston flash mob
My friend Stephanie danced with her 16-month-old, Jax! She carried him through every rehearsal, too. She is a Supermom.

Reston flash mob
Rocking the air guitar.

OK, I need to do another flash mob. Or five. If you know of any coming up, please tell me. :-D
naomijameston on June 15th, 2011 06:45 pm (UTC)
I especially love watching you around 1:20 in that clip. You look like you're having a blast! :)
mountain_hiker on June 15th, 2011 08:39 pm (UTC)
Very cool! I see all that DDR practice paid off. ;)
kosmonaftik on June 15th, 2011 08:53 pm (UTC)
That's really awesome!!!!!!!!!! I have always been fascinated by dance-flashmobs! And the other week when I was watching the Bachelorette episode with the flashmob my husband said he would totally do it with me! So now I gotta figure out how I can get in on a flashmob in SF... =\
Rachel Tatem on June 15th, 2011 10:51 pm (UTC)
Air guitar
Love the air guitar! Too great
kowleen on June 16th, 2011 01:32 am (UTC)
LOVE it! Looks like so much fun! :D
unknown_progrmr on June 16th, 2011 02:30 am (UTC)
You were getting down. Looks like you had fun.

That old man early had it all down pat.
kajuka on June 16th, 2011 06:43 am (UTC)
great fun and energetic music!!! :))) Happy dancers as well!
punquin on June 21st, 2011 04:05 pm (UTC)
It was so much fun!!