The oldest flash mob in the world
Tue, 07 Aug 2012 7:00p.m.
By Natasha Utting
Flash mobs are surprise public dance events where members of the public appear to spontaneously join each other in a performance, which has in fact been choreographed.
They've been used in popular TV shows and as advertising gimmicks, but somewhere, when you least expect it, you might be lucky enough to experience a very special flash mob - the oldest flash mob in the world.
They say life speeds up as the years march on, but some Waiheke Island seniors have no trouble keeping pace with it - its just a matter of keeping in time
Yes, at Waiheke Island they are swapping their knitting for hip hop lessons. Well, 96-year-old Violet Hollis is fitting hip hop practise in around her knitting schedule.
Every Tuesday for the last two months, the over-65s have been learning their moves in the village hall. They've signed up to become the Lifemark Flashmob, the oldest surprise dance troupe in the world.
Flash mobs are surprise performances in a public space, and at some point in August when the workers and shoppers of Auckland least expect it, the dance troupe will appear out of the crowd and bust some moves.
No auditions were held. No judgement was passed on whether anyone could walk, let alone dance.
The Lifemark Flashmob is all about drawing attention to the elderly's growing need for purpose-built housing.
It is sponsored by the Lifemark Seal of Approval, which is awarded to homes built to specific design standards… but you get the feeling the Waiheke crowd is just doing it to be audacious.
They hope that the performance itself will, like other flash mob events, go viral on the internet – although the concept of 'going viral' might be a bit of stretch for some nonagenarians.
Watch the video to see them in action.
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11/08/2012 10:18:48 a.m.
Marilyn Thurston wrote:
Have just watched the video on UTube it is simple fabulousWhat a wonderful idea and such great entertainment tookeep it up and thank you
10/08/2012 3:41:14 p.m.
This is how we shake it on Waiheke!! Go you good things you-who says we;re too old to PARTY!!!
9/08/2012 8:45:34 p.m.
I spent an awesome day with three of the nonagenarians at the flashmob in Queen St today. What a privilege it was and very inspirational. We have so much to gain from getting to know our older members of society. If only we all had the time to listen and get to know them. When I'm 65 will I dance in Queen St? Good on you!
9/08/2012 8:41:03 p.m.
Oh, what fun! It's all about "Having the time of you life" Keep on moving and having fun!!!! Awesome, this is!!! Heart smiles
9/08/2012 7:10:36 a.m.
Well he couldn't find work in the US if he's objective. This is all about threatening people who download illegally and nothing more. I doubt they even care if they ever prosecute kim dot com
8/08/2012 6:13:41 a.m.
Just loving it. Best flashmob Ive seen in a while. Great story.
7/08/2012 8:59:16 p.m.
What awesome folk. Good on them!
7/08/2012 8:19:55 p.m.
This is such a neat story! Good on them!
7/08/2012 8:13:38 p.m.
Cindy Kenyon wrote:
ing my mum and dad in this, mum in frame 5.45 and dads there all the way xx
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