Flash Mob in Chicago 2009: a brilliant feel-good event

I am something of a podcast addict these days.  Add to this an unconnected, but no less intense, love of flash mob footage and I am a happy bunny.

You guys may already seen the clip below, as it is 8 years old.  But I picked it up only recently while listening to a fascinating podcast called Making Oprah.  A short series of three main episodes, and three bonus episodes, this broadcast covers ‘the inside story of a TV revolution’.

To open the Oprah Winfrey Show’s 24th season in 2009, the producers staged a massive party in Chicago.  Oprah knew that the Black Eyed Peas would be performing.  What she did not know was that the 20,000-strong audience would be participating in a flash mob surprise for her.  This footage is amazing – the flash mob itself is mesmerizing, and Oprah’s reactions are brilliant, right from the start where she is clearly confused about why only one person in the audience is dancing.

It’s a few minutes of feel-good watching.  The perfect way to start the week! 🙂

PS:  if you want more of this stuff, there are loads of clips on YouTube about the preparations and rehearsals for the final performance.

More Dancing Fun!

Following on from my recent Flash Mob post, here is something else for all you dance and music lovers.

I am indebted to my dear friend Gallivanta for drawing my attention to this utterly marvellous and mesmerising event – ‘The Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever’.

On 16 July, all around the world, there was a ‘global dress up and dance event’ celebrating the wonderful Kate Bush and her ground-breaking hit single Wuthering Heights.  Oh, how I wish I had known about this in order to take part somewhere – it looks to have been such fun.

This is a video of the original art piece which inspired this year’s event:

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