Flashmob of 1 RETURNS

I don’t know precisely when I stopped doing my spontaneous solo dancing in public places, nor why I stopped.  But I DO know that I am back in the game. And that I have my innovative, generous pals from Elm City Dance Collective (ECDC) to thank for getting me back on track.

It started a few weeks ago when I performed with ECDC in a public art performance in the sidewalks, street and crosswalks of a nearby city (which I wrote about a few posts back in “dancing in the streets”).  The thrill came rushing back: performing up close and personal and UNEXPECTEDLY as part of people’s going about their day. Art as an integral thread in the tapestry of everyday life.  YES!

Of course, being in an audience or performing in a more conventional venue have their own allure.  But for sheer goosebumping enchantment, the pop up art has my vote.

One moment you’re walking along on your way to an errand or going over your mental list and vavoom!  Folks around you start dancing or singing, making art!…and then melt back into the landscape.  The jolt of the surprise heightens our sense of wonder and expands our sense of the possible, as creativity and beauty are lavished on our days.  People all over the world appreciate the powerful magic of this form, as evidenced by the popularity of flashmobs.

So, as I perched on the curb the other gloriously sunny day, waiting for the walk sign in the center of my suburban town, I remembered my abandoned project of “flashmobsoloing” in public places–highway rest areas, town greens, open spaces.  Why would I not dance right here, right now, adding some art and spontaneity to the lockstepping humdrum?

So, I did.

Not a lot.  But enough dancing to cause some folks to snap their heads around in a double take “whoa, what just happened?”  Enough to offer up some art to the universe.

Photo credit: Rich Davis

Photo credit: Rich Davis

And why not dance?  Have you ever considered how odd, and pretty unoriginal, it is that we walk, and usually in a straight line and frontally, everywhere?  I mean, why not a little skip here, with some arm swings and a little twirl there and an occasional leap or a jump?

Sure, it’s nerve-racking to defy the relentless pull of convention, to step out and be different.  But if we moved our amazing bodies more comprehensively and variously in our day to day lives, our bodies would be grateful….and we might not need so many exercise regimens.  Plus, it would be a whole lot more interesting and… even beautiful :).

So the next time you are crossing the street or waiting for a friend or the metro, keep a look out.  I or a kindred spirit might come leaping by.  And, who knows?  Maybe you’ll join me. Even with a tiny pinky dance, your signature cool moves, or that priceless facial dance: a smile?  Or at another time with your own “dance” of a poem or a painting or a song (thank you, Rachael :)).

Even if you don’t join in somehow this time around, it’s possible another time.  And when there’s possibility, who knows what other magic could happen.


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19 Responses to Flashmob of 1 RETURNS

  1. F.G.M. says:

    “But enough dancing to cause some folks to snap their heads around in a double take “whoa, what just happened?” Enough to offer up some art to the universe.” Ce que tu fais est très important Chloé; tu EVEILLES les gens, I mean you make them aware… oui, éveiller, réveiller les gens comme les cloches de l’angélus, de l’aube ou du soir (voir mon post d’aujourd’hui). In other words: ce que tu fais est sacré! C’est oeuvre de vie… alors MERCI :-)♥♥♥

    • SirenaTales says:

      Ha! I agree that we are on the same wavelength, Frédéric–the Angélus bells you wrote about so beautifully today are indeed sacred and awaken the soul as art, especially unexpected art, does. Thank you so much for your constant friendship and encouragement–they mean so much to me. xoxo

  2. viewpacific says:

    Yes! I’ve done this too, and now that you mention it, haven’t been doing it as much lately. It’s great to get the added inspiration.
    I hope you don’t mind other dancers joining in, making it some sort of “flashmobdueting” or “flashmobtrioing”??
    Well, whatever we call it, let’s just dance!

    • SirenaTales says:

      Oh, cool! So inspiring to hear that you are a comrade in this practice, Vincent. And “flashmobdueting” and “flashmobtrioing?!” YEEESSSSSS!!! See you out there, my friend, and thank you! xo

      • viewpacific says:

        A few months ago I met another kindred spirit – or was it you?
        I saw someone in a parked car with the headlights left on. As as I starting walking over to remind them to turn off their lights before leaving their car, a woman jumped out of the car! Then, with the door open and music playing, she started dancing in the parking lot!
        As I got closer, I did what any other sane would have done – I joined her in dancing!
        She made my day!
        I still think about the song – Sly and the Family Stone – “I Am Everyday People”


      • SirenaTales says:

        Oh, yeah! I would have joined you two in a heartbeat. So sweet to hear there are more of us out there–thanks so much. Dance on, my friend….

  3. Rachael Charmley says:

    What a lovely, life affirming post. And I am reminded that we can express ourselves spontaneously in so many beautiful (and some would say mad) ways, and every single one will change at least one person’s day. It doesn’t have to be ‘big’: a painting, a poem or whatever; it could be just a smile or a laugh for a bored shop girl,or a song; or even a wave to no one (or everyone) as I cycle in the street. You have a wonderful knack of drawing us into your world and inspiring us to make our own somehow ‘bigger’ and ‘mattering more’. I suppose it is about feeling ‘properly alive’.
    Thank you, lovely friend, and apologies for my rant ❤

    • SirenaTales says:

      So true, Rachael–our generous and spontaneous expressions are so important and their form so potentially varied (I actually edited this piece to incorporate your more sweeping view than my initial, narrower focus on movement/dance–thank you!). How encouraging to hear that I might be inspiring folks’ expansiveness–that means the world to me. Thank you for all of this. xoxo

  4. Miranda Stone says:

    I know I would certainly be delighted if I happened to catch sight of you breaking into dance! What a treat to everyone, and how lovely of you to share your gift. ❤

  5. Lorien says:

    ❤ x 1,000,000 I love this. Yes! Children dance when they walk. My daughter certainly will flit her arms around and sing for no reason at all. My son laughs as he runs and stops and bends down and picks up a stick and then runs again. Being spontaneous is returning to one's natural state…being present…being fully alive. I love your reminder Chloe, and I love how you presented your reminder to us–your words are so skillfully crafted that it was a true pleasure to read them. Thank you!

  6. diahannreyes says:

    Imagining you dancing in the streets making art made me smile. I loved the invitation and the many reasons why it makes perfect sense to just start dancing. Chloe, I especially love that your dance is your offering to the world. Pop up dancing the way you describe it sounds like sweet liberation.

  7. SirenaTales says:

    “Sweet liberation”-what a lovely way to put it, Diahann. Your words mean so much to me. Xo

  8. maskednative says:

    Love this. Expressing your true self to the world, without fear of criticism, rejection, etc., such a generous and liberating freedom. Keep dancing, the world needs people like you.

    • SirenaTales says:

      Thank you so much, maskednative. I would be lying if I were to say I feel no fear of criticism and rejection, but let’s just say I keep forging ahead regardless :). And your encouragement heartens me! xo

  9. willowmarie says:

    …and you should know given you and magic are such close friends! xo

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