flash mob (noun): A group of people who appear from out of nowhere, to perfom predetermined actions, designed to amuse and confuse surrounding people. The group performs these actions for a short amount of time before quickly dispersing. Flash mobs are often organised through email and/or newsgroup postings.
Number 5: Oprah Flash Mob
During The Oprah Show’s 24th season kickoff party, Harpo staff and more than 20,000 people pulled off a massive surprise for an unsuspecting Oprah. The entire crowd performed a choreographed piece to the Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling,” and Oprah was not only shocked, she was thrilled! Award-winning director Michael Gracey says the interaction between the Black Eyed Peas and the crowd is what made the flash mob so extraordinary.
“There’s something really special when you take an audience and instead of just being passive and watching, you invite them to participate,” he says. “That’s why it was so magical for both parties. Two groups of people came together to create something that neither of them could have done alone.”
There is also a making of video of this one here: http://www.oprah.com/oprahshow/The-Making-of-Oprahs-Flash-Mob-Dance-Video
Number 4: Liverpool
There are many ways to kill time while waiting for your train – read a paper, grab a sandwich . . . break into a synchronised dance? It certainly got the attention of commuters at Liverpool Street Station, as 400 strangers – including tours for tourists and Underground staff – suddenly leaped into action, busting out a co-ordinated mix of hip-hop, disco and ballroom moves right in the middle of the London station.
Number 3: Michael Jackson in Sweden
Street Dance Group “Bounce Sweden” put this one together. More than 300 dancers met at 15.30, got informed and then learned the choreography in 30 min. Less then 1 hour later they performed it.
Number 2: Grand Central Station, The Sound Of Music
More than 200 dancers were performing their version of “Do Re Mi”, in the Central Station of Antwerp. with just 2 rehearsals they created this amazing stunt! Those 4 fantastic minutes started the 23 of march 2009, 08:00 AM. It is a promotion stunt for a Belgian television program, where they are looking for someone to play the leading role, in the musical of “The Sound of Music”.
Number 1: MC Hammer Pants Flash Mob
Number one on this list is one of my hands-down all time favorites. A group of dancers take over a Macy’s department store, all wearing gold MC-Hammer pants and proceed to dance to “Cant Touch This”.
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