Ever heard of a Flash Mob? I hadn’t, not until one broke out at Atlantic and Neptune Beach’s 24th Annual Dancing in the Street street bash held Saturday.
A large group of women (and maybe a few guys, I couldn’t tell!) practiced – together at times, at Dance Trance, and also at home, on their own and probably with others in groups – - regardless, they broke into one huge, group dance at 5:00pm at the street festival. The place was literally a sea of human bodies, and there was live music being played on various stages around the festival, but at 5:00pm the stereos blasted music – three popular songs, choreographed for the dances that Flash Mob suddenly performed.
I’d been given the heads’ up on this just moments before it happened: it was meant to be a surprise for Dancing in the Street. I dashed like a crazy woman to the second floor of a local restaurant with open-air windows, kicked my flip flops off and stood on a stool, leaned on the window sill and let the Little Canon Elph do her thing. A better camera with a wider angle lens would have shown how truly awesome this Flash Moblooked, from above, all moving in euphoric abandon, in unison, on a glorious Spring day at the beach. A mob surrounded this large group that suddenly broke into dance and everyone loved it. Heck, I wish I’d have been in it myself.
This was the 24th Annual Dancing in the Street festival, and has something for everyone: a kid zone with bouncy things, face painting and cotton candy, shaved icy treats, and beer for the grown-ups, an art show, area restaurant vendors and several bands performing live at various show times throughout the festival with adults and kids alike grooving to the music. The whole community comes together for this totally fun street party.
Just another great reason why life’s better by da beach!
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Jeannie Greenwald is a blogger, neighborhoods / 'go local' evangelist, hobbyist photographer, and degreed psychologist.