For one day, Americans can forgot about who's dancing around political issues and join in a bi-partisan dance-off organized through social media channels. Mark your calendars for July 31 when the first National Dance Day takes off nationwide, and learn how to 'Flash Mob Dance' whether you think you can dance or not.
'Flash Mob Dancing' is defined as gatherings organized via telecommunications, social media and other forms of viral communication. Differing from traditional "flash mobs" that are spontaneous gatherings of people engaging in running throughout downtown areas or conducting snowball or pillow fights, flash mob dancing takes some coordination (literally and figuratively).
Oprah & Black-Eye PeasDuring The Oprah Show's 24th season kickoff party last September, 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." Check out the flash mob that took over Chicago's Magnificent Mile!
Founded in 2009 by Nigel Lythgoe, director Adam Shankman, 'Dancing with the Stars" judge Carrie Ann Inaba and actress Katie Holmes, the Dizzy Feet Foundation helps underprivileged young people realize their dreams of becoming professional dancers.
Nigel Lythgoe,Adam Shankman,Carrie Ann Inaba & Katie Holmes
As part of his commitment to support dance education and physical fitness in communities throughout the US, Nigel Lythgoe in association with Dizzy Feet is launching National Dance Day on So You Think You Can Dance. National Dance Day will take place on July 31, 2010 and will include a variety of dance themed activities for people of all ages.
In this YouTube video, So You Think You Can Dance's choreographers Tabitha and Napolean D'umo take you step by step in an effort to get you ready for National Dance Day with some line-dancing types of moves.
On July 8th's So You Think You Can Dance TV Show, Lythgoe asked for suggestions and ideas as to how to celebrate National Dance Day and post them to SYTYCD's official blog. It's his intent to motivate grass root organizations to spring up and create celebratory events to highlight the day's activities.
My suggestion is to learn D'umos dance steps, and spread them virally via social media channels so groups can start to think about organizing their own 'Flash Mob Dances' around the country. You can help by writing your own blogs, sending out tweets and status updates via Twitter and Facebook, and filming your own YouTube videos. Communicate where and when your very own 'Flash Mob Dance' will be held and or if you know of other group gatherings.
If you're up for challenge, feel free to play the D'umos' video as often as it takes to learn the steps. I will update this blog as more information comes in from social media channels. And if you like the idea, leave a comment at the end of this blog and at the SYTYCD' blog that you would like to contribute in some fashion.
Still not hooked? Here's some additional inspiration from a T-Mobile 'Flash Mob Dance' held January 16, 2009 at the Liverpool Street Station in London.
Polish up those dancing shoes - see you on the 31st!