All summer thousands of people all around the world from Toronto to Melbourne, from Suriname to Singapore, have been practicing for the International Zouk Flash Mob that took place on Sunday Sep 16th. People rehearsed the same choreography and performed it flash mob style at iconic places sush as in front of the Eiffel tower, the Colosseum, on the beaches of Brazil...
There were about 100 cities in 38 countries that took part in the big event on the same day! I was dancing with the participants of the 4th Zouk & Lambada Beach Festival in Santa Susana, Spain. Here is my funny video of the happening! Me and the deck chair by the pool served as the role of videographer with my camera... The event organisers also captured the zouk flash mob from above in this video!
Below are the places that were part of the international flash mob with links to the videos of the event where available. Is your hometown on the list? I wasn't even sure where all these places are! I will try to add any missing links I may discover later.
In Europe & Middle-East
- Amsterdam (in the metro train!)
- Helsinki, see the dancers zouking in a Z-formation or just from the side
- Santa Susana
- St Petersburg
- The Hague
- TriCity (Gdansk, Sopot, Gdynia)
- Belo Horizonte
- Los Angeles
- New York City
- Porto Alegre
- Rio de Janeiro
- Rio Verde
- San Francisco (dancing in the middle of a crowd at ballpark!)
- São Paulo
Update Oct 8: This is the best compilation of all the zouk flash mobs around the world - absolutely amazing!!
The flashmob has also sprung up on other occasions lately, such as when lambazouk dancers raided the launch of Pamela Stephenson's book The Varnished Untruth - you can see it in this very funny video!
Behind the scenes
The IZFM got started after the flash mob in Australia earlier this year. This promotional video shows how the idea was developed in Perth, Western Australia, by Zouk Bob and the choreographers Alisson Rodrigues Sandi & Audrey Isauter. It took over the world in the course of about 5 months of planning, coordinating and practice - all with the dedication of the dancers and dance teachers that volunteered their own time and resources without any sponsors or companies being involved whatsoever. That's the true spirit of the zouk world: bringing people together from all the world with a common love for dancing!
There are lots more videos of e.g. the training sessions all around the world at the IZFM organisers' Youtube channel and teachers' interviews on zouk and the flash mob, such as this one with Olaya White Dendê from Barcelona.
The Facebook group with its over 3500 members has had a very very lively discussion going on all through the process and it surely will continue to serve as a common platform for zouk enthusiasts - and the flash mob will return next year!!!!