On Saturday I took part in my first ever Flashmob with the
choir I am a member of. For those who
don’t know what a Flashmob is it is a group of people who suddenly assemble in
public, perform a song or dance and then disperse quickly. This was my first
experience of being involved in one and I just wanted to say that it was
absolutely fantastic. I got a real buzz from it and the crowd reaction was
amazing. I really felt I was part of something meaningful that brought people
some happiness (plus we were raising awareness for Cancer Research). Below are
a few of my observations from my involvement as I thought people might be interested

1. If it’s a warm day and people aren’t taking
their coats off they’re probably in a Flashmob – Yep, I know you thought people
were just cold (and they might be) but chances are these people are not
removing their jackets because underneath they are wearing their choir
uniforms. We had a specific ‘reveal’ moment and were not allowed to take our
jackets off until that time. This is for maximum impact so the audience do not
suspect anything beforehand.

2. If people are clutching at their jacket zips
they could be in a Flashmob – See above. My friend and I noticed this before
one of our performances. Because no one wants to mess up the co-ordination or
the ‘big reveal’ moment of showing off the choir uniform people seem to
unwittingly fiddle with the fastenings on their outer clothes just before the
performance. Sub-consciously people are thinking ‘I need to take this off soon
and do it quickly, therefore I’ll keep hold of the zip so I don’t mess it up.’

3. The same colour trousers – We all had to wear
black trousers as part of our choir uniform and when you know this it’s hard
not to notice all the other people you suspect are involved by their wearing of
black trousers (particularly if they’re wearing coats as well, see above, and
are all mulling about in the same area). If the event was on a weekday I think
this would be less conspicuous but on a weekend when most people are wearing
jeans and joggers black trousers do tend to stand out. In saying that I don’t
think it’s usual to go round staring at the colour of people’s trousers…

4. We are rehearsed – Okay, not every Flashmob is
rehearsed but most of them are. We’d been learning the lyrics and dance moves
to the song for several weeks and had 2 brief rehearsals the week prior to the
event.

5. It’s hard to keep it a secret – This is partly
because all involved are so excited about it but also because you recognise
other people from your choir mulling about before the performance. Ideally
you’re supposed to pretend not to know them so the Flashmob looks spontaneous.
There are knowing looks and clicks and winks. Other times I saw choir members
openly hug and chat to each other…as you normally would if you bump into a
friend in the street.

6. You get itchy feet – Like most performances
there gets a point where people just ‘want to get on with it.’ About ten
minutes before we knew we were due to start most people were rearing to go.
That’s also the time when the nerves and adrenaline kick in. People start
hopping from one foot to the other and getting twitchy at every little sound in
case that sound happens to be the cue to start.
In fact at one of the performances a large group of people started
early, they were too impatient to wait for the official start!

7. Whoever starts off is darn brave – I have the
most amazing choir leader who is a phenomenal singer. She started the music off
and began the Flashmob by singing solo and we all joined in gradually. Our
Flashmob was in a city centre station with hundreds of people there. I know she
has done many performances before but still, what a woman.

8. Stare all you want, we probably won’t notice – I
am well aware that there were lots of people watching, photographing and
filming us but to be honest the choir members were having such a great time
singing, dancing and watching instructions from the choir leader it barely
registered. We were all very much lost in the moment.

9. We’re grateful for any applause even if we dash
off – I was expecting a sort of stunned silence after the performance but we
were all delighted to receive a round of applause and many cheers and happy
whoops. However as explained earlier the idea afterwards is to disperse quickly
and merge back into the crowd as quickly as we appeared. We arrive and leave in
a ‘flash.’ So it’s not that we don’t
love the love you give us it’s that we ned to vanish to create effect. I was
very moved and proud of the audience reaction we received.

10. It’s addictive – I was meant to take part in 2 Flashmobs
but was enjoying it so much I actually gatecrashed a later one and I was not
the only one to do so! Several people were saying that they really wanted to
come back the following week and do it all again, others were saying they
wished it was a regular occurrence. I really hope I get to take part in
something like this again and if you get the opportunity I encourage you to do
so too!

Thanks for reading