A couple of weeks ago, visitors and locals alike were surprised on a late afternoon when a group of over 100 Grand Bahamians broke into spontaneous dance in Port Lucaya Square. Timed to coincide with St. Patrick’s Day, the square was filled with parents and children dressed in green; participants weighing their fish from a local tournament and college students enjoying their spring break. In other words, the square was hopping. Music was pulsating through the sound system as young children ran around and hopped to the beat. Suddenly out of the crowd a young and beautiful girl skipped into the square and began to dance. The children didn’t pay much attention although one or two began to watch. She was alive with the music – energetic and graceful. As she continued to move, more people stopped whatever they were doing to watch. A group of women skipped into the square to join in. Now they were dancing in time with our young lady. What was this? The crowd began paying attention and reached for their cameras and cell phones. Suddenly a third group ran into the square, picked up the beat and before we knew it, there were over 30 people dancing to the Calypso song, HOT,HOT,HOT ( by Montserrat socca artist Alphonsus Cassell). The air began to fill with whistles and shouts. As if on cue, men, women and children of all ages skipped into the square-put their hands over their heads- and danced. The energy was nothing short of electric. All of Port Lucaya Square sashayed and shimmied together. Never had so many people danced to one beat on the island.
Within three minutes the music ended. People sauntered off the square as if nothing had happened. Grand Bahama had witnessed its first flash mob.
And yes, the flash mob was my idea. I wanted to bring a smile to the faces of Grand Bahamians who have had their share of economic difficulties. I wanted a “feel good” moment. But I couldn’t have created it without the goodwill and commitment of our participants and volunteers. They’re the real story! My Co-Organizer Prudence Gallagher,owner of the beautiful clothing store Bandolera; Choreographer Jullion Collie of the Bahamas Dance Theatre; Camera direction by Dave Mackey of Mackey Media; Stage direction by Jackie Dack; Photography filming by Lyndah Wells, Mark Winder, Rico Thompson, Lisa Davis, Nicole Leblanc, Frankie Ladéyo, Catherine Macleay, Karen Clarke, Marcus Bethel, David Mackey and Nicholas Rolle….and of course, our participants numbering over 100 children and adults who devoted themselves to meeting twice a week for a month to practice our dance moves. Thank you all!!
Below are two links for your viewing pleasure. They are the “official” and “unofficial” videos of the moment. Both are a delight and I invite you to watch them. They’ll be sure to put a smile on your face.