Part of our mission at INCEPTION Dance Theater is to provide community outreach and involvement to those people who may think that dance is too “out of bounds” for them. So what does that mean exactly? It means if you’ve ever wanted to learn to dance, or do a dance performance we are going to provide opportunities to make that a reality. It means that we don’t want to perform just because we love performing, we want to perform to have an impact on the community, to change peoples perspectives, even if it’s just for a day.
A recent example of how this can be accomplished is in the video below. Inceptions very own Joshua D. Deininger, helped to coordinate a Flash Mob in Pike Place Market as part of a World Wide flash mob for Life Vest Inside. The flash mob was to promote world wide kindness day. It started with a freeze mob, where people froze in position of kindness – giving flowers, tying someones shoe, taking a photo, holding an umbrella. After 4 minutes the freeze dispersed and the flash mob began. Check out the video below.
Except for Josh, and the 3 little girls joining him in front, the entire flash mob, over 40 people, was comprised of non-dancers. Ordinary people who wanted to be part of a movement.
This is how it happened. The word was spread through e-mail, personal contacts, and social media outlets. Those who were interested received a link to a YouTube video tutorial for the dancing. On the day of the event everyone met in a hotel ballroom and a rehearsal was lead by Josh Deininger for an hour. Everyone then went to Pike Place and it began.
It may seem like a simple process, but the impact was huge. As you watch the video you can see the looks on peoples faces as they realize what’s going on, the excitement, the anticipation. Total, the freeze/flash mob lasted about 8 minutes but the effects lasted all day. Here are some examples of what people were saying on Facebook afterward.
“I loved it when people came up and posed next to me for a picture while I was frozen! The whole thing was great, but the best moment is the high five at the very end….just perfect.”
“Yesterday was one of the most fun days of my entire life. My smile muscles hurt. I think I need to exercise them more often.”
“I was still doing the dance moves this morning. Can’t get them (or the songs) out of my head. ”
“[My son] and I can’t either! After it was over yesterday, I was still so excited about it I wanted to get out there and dance again!!!”
On top of this excitement, those involved continued to share message of World Kindness Day by handing out business cards promoting awareness, giving coffee or tea or money to homeless people in the area, and helping people in wheel chairs across the street.
This event wasn’t run by Inception, we just had a small hand in contributing to it, but it was a success within the Seattle community. We hope that you want to be part of our next endeavor. As always to find out more, stay up to date on our webs tie www.inceptiondance.org, Facebook.com/InceptionDance, and follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/InceptionDance1. We hope to have you dancing with us soon!