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Miranda Clark

Picture this: you’re in a train station, have just bought your tickets and are walking with your suitcase towards a screen to check your platform when suddenly a man next to you blows a whistle and practically everyone in front of you freezes. There are about fifty people in all kind of positions such as pointing, opening umbrellas, hugging and even fighting but they are all standing completely still as a statue.You don’t know how to react; you just end up staring in a state of confusion and disbelief at what’s going on around you. Why is everyone suddenly motionless? Suddenly, the man blows the whistle again and once everyone goes back to moving, talking and continuing with their daily life. So, what was that all about? I can tell you, the reason for this is most likely that you ended up in the middle of a flashmob.

“A what?” I hear you ask. A “flashmob”. These are organised events where a group of people suddenly descend on a public place for a brief period of time for an unusual (and often pointless) act, often attracting lots of attention and puzzled reactions, and then disperse again! Flashmobs were originally created as a social experiment to highlight the idea of “conformity”. They are organised via the internet, where people are given a place and time and turn up out of their own free will.

So far I have been in two flashmobs and I really enjoyed them both! The first time we descended on a train station like in the description above (I was shaking my friend’s hand when the whistle was blown) and it was hard not to laugh at some people’s reactions to one hundred or so statue-like students in a busy station. The second time was a bit more complex as I had to learn a song and a dance beforehand and, in a group of about fifty people, casually had to try and blend in with the crowds on a busy street, browsing shop windows or walking along the pavement and then suddenly a man started playing a few chords on his electric guitar. This didn't turn any heads as busking is very common in the U.K. but, little by little, we all took to our places and the next thing we knew, we were belting out the first few lines of the song, complete with hand actions, jumps and twists! I had so much fun and we gathered quite a crowd, many of whom actually recorded our mini performance.

There have been loads of flashmobs around the world, including organised pillow fights, dance moves, gymnastics routines and silent discos, where people gather and begin dancing to their own music from headphones! I bet that they’re very funny for passersby as they can’t hear the music that these people are boogying to! Have you ever been in a flashmob? Whether you’re in one or watching one, it’s bound to be a lot of fun, so don’t be afraid to give it a go!


Have you ever seen or been in a flashmob? What cool things do you think flashmobs could do?


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patchyplum 11 January, 2015 - 08:14

I have seen one but have not been in one.Think it's cool but such things are not common practise here in srilanka.Anyway is it possible to give it a try inside class?

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youssouelbardiji 10 September, 2013 - 08:30

I have never been in a flashmob, I think flashmobs are weird because it looks like the dancing people are making a musical or whatever.

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Miranda Clark 22 May, 2013 - 13:32

Yes, definitely! I have a friend who organised it for a charity and they all dressed up as animals and danced to the music from The Lion King! It took some time to organise but attracted a lot of attention and money for the charity!

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MALINE 1 May, 2013 - 19:28

I haven´t been on a flashmob but i think it could be a good way to make charity and give it some point.

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Miranda Clark 7 April, 2013 - 17:52

Hi everyone! Thanks for reading the article, I'm really glad that you enjoyed reading it! The wedding flashmob in Ukraine and the reading flashmob sound great!

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Beauty2705 3 March, 2013 - 14:54

Nice article...the picturing part given at first is great to make us understand what a flashmob is.

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REDREDRED 20 January, 2013 - 13:32

I think the flashmob is a great idea to bring people together. Because nowdays people are too busy and they forget about easy things as laugh,kindness and so on. Last year even the flashmob competition was in my town. It was really interesting and wonderful.

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Anna_tagi 28 November, 2012 - 14:04

Thank you for this article. It's really interesting. Flashmobs are popular in my country(Ukraine) especially among teens. They could be used for different reasons, events and just for fun and impressing surrounded people. I really like them. Even the idea of organising flashmobs has taken for TV shows which made some of them commercial recently. Frankly, I don't like it because I think that the flashmobe is some kind of a street art. The flashmobe like from the article is very popular,too. Also is very popular one when everyone falls down in the same time. It looks impressing.

My friends took part in a wedding flashmobe. American man wanted to find about 20 dancers which would learn a dance perfomance and then show it on the main street of my city(Odessa). I could do it, too but I had been travelled to St. Peterburgh just in this period of time. Everything passed great. The future bride surely didn't expect for this and was so impressed to see a group of people dancing. Then the American appeared and offered her his hand. I saw it in Internet. It was really lovely)))

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JoEditor 28 November, 2012 - 14:55

Hi Anna_tagi,
Great to hear that flasmobs are popular in the Ukraine too. The wedding one you tell us about sounds great. :)
Best wishes, Jo (LearnEnglish Teens Team)

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Anna_tagi 28 November, 2012 - 16:28

Thank you,too)
It's great that everyone can read about different countries and write about their one there. It's also a good opportunity to practise English, communicate with people throughout the world and expand horzont. Thank you,again)

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Right now 22 November, 2012 - 18:49

I really like this article, I have enjoyed reading it. I have watched some of them on the TV and some times I thought how great it would be to be there. Its good to learn of people what have they done and how much their family love them.
Some times I whish I could stay there.

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Peri 21 June, 2012 - 07:53

I have recently been in a reading flashmob organised in my town. Such flashmobs were organised all over Armenia and as in 2012 Yerevan is world book capital city there is a 3-day reading flashmob there since today:)

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