So I know that this post would have been better written in 2010, at the peak of the flash mob‘s coolness, but I’m writing it now in 2014 anyway. Recently, I was hosting a four-day birthday party with Saturday night being the biggest, most extravagant event. On Friday night a few of the guests came to me with an idea. They thought it would be fun to surprise the birthday girl with a flash mob the following night.
She loves to dance, so wouldn’t it be fabulous to have all of her friends bust out in the same choreographed moves?! As both a surprise and dance enthusiast, I appreciated the idea, but wondered could it be done? The answer is yes! I orchestrated, choreographed, and pulled off the whole thing and with a few basic dance moves, you can most definitely plan your very own flash mob surprise at your next event. Here’s how it’s done.
- What is absolutely essential to a flash mob’s success is to get everyone involved – even those people that don’t dance. A flash mob is an all or nothing sort of thing, so start by getting your crew excited.
- Pick a song (ours was Ice Ice Baby) and a special person, couple, or small group to start the flash mob.
- Make up a routine. Think about your group’s dance skills and keep things simple and easy to learn. Step claps, shuffles, punches, hip thrusts, and body rolls are a few basic ideas. Watch a video of my favorite cinematic flash mob, from the movie Friends with Benefits, below and if you need more inspiration, do a ‘basic dance cardio’ search on YouTube. Most dance cardio moves are easy enough for every skill level to master them. It doesn’t have to be long – mine was 32 counts.
- Teach everyone the dance! This is where things get super fun.
- Once everyone knows the dance, break the group up into 3 or 4 smaller groups, numbered 1, 2, 3, 4. The people who start the flash mob (these should be the strongest dancers) are group 1. The next best/most confidant dancers are group 2, with groups 3 and 4 being the weakest/least confidant dancers. You repeat the routine 4-5 times with every group filtering in on their respective rounds. So group two would join the dance on the second repeat of the moves, group 3 on the third repeat, and so on and so forth. Everyone should repeat the dance one time together after all dancers have joined.
- Figure out the time of the flash mob surprise and prep your DJ and any camera people. Make sure you have a space big enough for everyone to let loose — my flash mob was on the sand in front of the pirate bar that’s pictured above.
- During the party, do the flash mob!