Flash mob of dancers surprises shoppers at Market on Main

By on August 13, 2014
A flash mob descended upon Market on Main shortly after noon on Saturday, wearing bright green shirts and dancing. The mob was hatched by Diane Ball (right). (Richard McGuire photo)

A flash mob descended upon Market on Main shortly after noon on Saturday, wearing bright green shirts and dancing. The mob was hatched by Diane Ball (right). (Richard McGuire photo)

A large crowd gathered at Market on Main next to Osoyoos town hall on Saturday around noon and several people in the crowd were wearing fluorescent yellow-green T-shirts.

A few more could be spotted strolling around locally-grown fruits and vegetables with these bright T-shirts showing under collars of regular clothing and pretending to be shopping.

Suddenly the song Happy by Pharrell Williams started playing and one-by-one bright shirted dancers began making their way to the lawn next to the stage.

Some people did Clark Kent-to-Superman clothing changes, casting off their street clothes to appear in yellow-green shirts.

By the time the music really got going, there were about 60 people moving their arms and dancing in unison.

Within seconds, there was a “flash mob” in downtown Osoyoos.

Many people came to the market especially to watch, but many regular market goers were taken by surprise.

The event was organized by local singer Diane Ball, who spread the word largely through social media such as Facebook and through emails to friends.

“I have a large family and there’s eight of us kids,” Ball explained. “Every year we get together so every year we do something wacky. I thought this would be a fun thing to do.”

The challenge, said Ball, is that the event is supposed to be a surprise, but if it’s too much of a secret nobody comes.

Ball had about 60 shirts made for the event and a few people danced in their own clothes.

She made a YouTube video of herself doing the dance moves so that participants could watch ahead of time and learn the choreography.

The event was so much fun that she later held another flash mob at a cul-de-sac party on Heather Place, complete with a six-piece band from Vancouver.

“My whole family sings and plays so we all took turns going up there and singing,” she said.

RICHARD McGUIRE

Osoyoos Times

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