• Celebrate, Coffee, Lunch & Learn!

    Salt Lake City Library Atrium near Salt Lake Roasting Company

    Thank You Flash Mobbers! You were all fantastic last night and we all exceeded my expectations on several levels! A week sounds really nice to me, however I'd love to reminisce a bit and gather some feedback while it's still fresh in our minds (the following Saturday is Thanksgiving weekend). BYOLunch/Coffee or just stop for 15-20 minutes and say hello! If you cannot make it, please respond to the questions below and send them to [masked]. What did we learn? 1) What went well/what did you like/wins? a) Meetup site? b) Rehearsals? c) Communication? d) Location? e) Final rehearsal & set-up? f) The Flash Mob? g) Other wins? 2) What could be better/opportunities/improvement? a) Meetup site? b) Rehearsals? c) Communication? d) Location? e) Final rehearsal & set-up? f) The Flash Mob? g) Other suggestion? Thank you for your candid feedback as I value your observations and ideas! Without the different viewpoints that many of you shared (similar or opposite of mine), our final product would have been diminished and the work to get there, much more laborious and less fun! Best, Derek

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  • Our Flash Mob Event!

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    We will be dancing & singing inside! We are also planning on attaching balloons (Flash Mob style: subtly by "random passers-by" to the area used for outside dining during the summer. By the time the music starts at 5:00 pm, a glance outside should see 20-50 balloons or so. All are welcome to participate and eat afterwards or just eat, observe and snap your fingers to the beat like The Four Season! Please RSVP ASAP (so I can update our #s) if you would like to eat dinner. Cannella's usually operates with a light staff on Sundays and they want to be prepared.

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  • RSVP ASAP If You'd Like to Eat @ Cannella's! Must update/confirm our 20 by 11/5!

    Text me [masked]) the # of people in your "eating party" (Please include your name [as it appears in Meetup] on your text message) or message me directly here. Thank you! Cannella's restaurant needs to know how much staff to have on duty, so please RSVP for this meeting if you plan on eating anything (appetizer, dinner, drinks, etc.)!

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  • Final Prep/Rehearsal for Our Flash Mob Event

    Salt Lake Library Square (near the amphitheater)

    11/12 Our final rehearsal at Cannella's today was awesome! The Balloon Flash Mob Thank you, Fred, for helping me get the helium tank and balloons. I have 90 balloons (green, yellow and purple) and 100 clips with ribbons already attached that allow us to seal the balloon quickly without tying a know. I have experiment and a piece of duck seems to be the easiest and quickest way to attach the ribbon to the patio area railing outside the restaurant as we randomly walk by and "Flash Mob" style, attach the balloons between about 4:50-5:00 pm. We will attach the clips during our rehearsal at Library Square, most likely in two bunches, one held by a person on one side of restaurant windows-out of sight, and one bunch on the other side. *** After Jhonathan arrives with his sister and one year-old niece (possibly others) ...Flash (BALLOON) Mobbers can grab a balloon with a ribbon attached, a piece of duck tape, press the duck tape firmly against the ribbon, walk past the restaurant windows, attach the ribbon to the railing with the piece of duck tape. Then keep walking past the windows and to the other bunch of balloons. Repeat the process walking back the other way. 10/30 We will rehearse outside in the Library Square area. The weather forecast is Mostly Sunny and 52 degrees. I changed to time to an hour earlier to match the one-hour earlier event time change to 5:00 pm.

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  • We are at Cannella's NOW-Final Rehearsal at the restaurant!

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    We have left Library Square and at Cannella's! If you think it's too late to join, it's not! Here's how you can help and have FUN: 1) Snap along 2) Sing along 3) Eat dinner and watch 4) Help us blow up and/or tie balloons to the outdoor eating area that can be seen through the window inside (FLASH MOB style as we walk back and forth, tie a few balloons to the railing and then repeat

  • Final Saturday Dress Rehearsal!

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    11/11/16 I sent out a message to all group members that has the dance step/choreography video links. 11:00 am - 12:50 pm at Library Square (east of the amphitheater) 1:00 - 2:00 pm at Cannella's Restaurant (204 E 500 S Salt Lake City I also met with Jesus and Seth this morning at Mac-Cinema. They will be capturing the event on film, including some of the rehearsal on Sat 12 Nov! 11/9/16 I hope to get the videos below pasted as links here and also uploaded to our YouTube Channel at [masked]. However, the amazing support of so many people to put all of this together (Thank you, Kathleen, for uploading the videos) and investing their valuable time has and continues to be a unexpected treasure in this entire experience! 11/8/16 Overview Descriptions https://youtu.be/riTD4LO_0e4 Overview with Music https://youtu.be/aC2Q5erlKrE Flash Mob Basic Step https://youtu.be/e71PCn7hAjQ Flash Mob Chorus Key Moves https://youtu.be/vD_0Nu7Pzv0 \ Simple steps & we look forward to seeing many first-timers on Sat and Sun! We are having great fun and would love for you to join us! * Located on our YouTube Channel ([masked]) 11/5 Hope to receive & post the videos on Monday! :) * New videos are completed and will be posted tonight or tomorrow including: Full talk-through without music, full dance-through with music and some talking, the SIMPLE, EASY, BASIC dance step that anyone can learn from the video and show up at this rehearsal, the Sunday rehearsal or even at the restaurant at 4:50 pm an participate. *** I will post the links to the videos here once they are uploaded to YouTube and then I will formally announce the this meeting. * Our email and our YouTube channel is at [masked]. * To ensure best communication, please email me your name and phone number so that we have faster connections than on the Meetup platform. * We will have spacing and staging marked with duck tape and signs to simulate Cannella's restaurant. We will move to Cannella's at 1:00 pm. *** Remember to text me your RSVP for dinner if you'd like to eat and just watch, eat and just snap your fingers, eat and just do the one line of motions for "I love you baby!" or eat and join the mob and dance! My #:[masked]. RSVP on Meetup also, please.

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  • Full-On Rehearsal (see Link to Choreography on YouTube)

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    11/4: 9:30 pm Library Square: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm I will mark the ground with the measurements of Cannella's to give us a more realistic rehearsal. 1) We will break down each individual dance step & DRILL them! :) 2) We will video tape the individual dance step. 3) We will also do several practices, start to finish, & practice how to join in, recover if you get off and the back-up basic dance steps to use while you are preparing to get back in sync. Cannella's Restaurant: 1:00 - 2:00 pm 11/4: 5:30 pm The Hustle * Written Dance Steps * * Simple steps that will be used during the chorus * “The Hustle” is the name of a song from the 70s but the dance steps have been adapted and used in multiple styles and genres of music * The chorus lyrics begin with: “I love you baby” and we will repeat the same hand motions for each “I love you…” * On the word, “I,” with your right hand, extend your thumb and raise your hand so that your thumb is pointing to your upper-right chest (below your collar bone) * On the word, “love,” (keeping your right thumb extended and pointing to your chest), wrap your left arm around your mid-section and grab your right side with your left hand as if you are hugging yourself * On the word, “you,” (keeping your left hand grabbing/hugging your right side) point to the “target” (Jhonathan) sitting at the center table *The transition is quick to begin The Hustle dance steps (Step backwards on your left foot on the word, “baby” 1) Step back on your left foot 2) Step back on your right foot 3) Step back on your right foot 4) Clap your hands 5) Step forward with your left foot 6) Step forward with your right foot 7) Step forward with your left foot 8) Clap your hands (Spinning 360 degrees to the right in three steps) 9) Right foot 10) Left foot 11) Right foot 12) Clap your hands (Spinning 360 degrees back to the left in three steps) 13) Left foot 14) Right foot 15) Left foot 16) Clap your hands *** We are looking for dance solos/duets/trios during each (or the 2nd on) if we have participants who have the skill and desire. Please message me directly ASAP or text [masked]) and let's chat. Hopefully you will be at tomorrow's 11:00 am rehearsal! Thank you, Derek 11/2 Can't Take My Eyes Off of You Basic Dance Steps Grapevine · Simple steps that we will repeat during the interludes (music in between a verse and a chorus and so on) · Steps can be standard distance (similar to if you are walking) if there is more space · Steps can also be very small (almost “in place”) if there is less space because the number of participants that show up for the Flash Mob are many · This dance step is demonstrated on the following link: · https://youtu.be/M5KDGj4ofPo (Starting to the right) 1. Right foot steps to the right 2. Left foot steps to the right and behind your right foot, bending your left knee at the same time 3. Right foot steps to the right in front 4. Left foot steps to the right and behind your right foot, bending your left knee at the same time 5. Right foot steps to the right 6. Left foot kicks to the right (Moving back to the left) 1. Left foot steps to the left 2. Right foot steps to the left and behind your left foot bending your left knee at the same time 3. Left foot steps to the left 4. Right foot steps to the left and behind your left foot bending your left knee at the same time 5. Left foot steps to the left 6. Right foot kicks to the left · What questions do you have? 11/1 How are the videos helping those of you who have not been able to attend a rehearsal, yet? Looking forward to our best turnout yet on Sat 5 Nov 2016! 10/30: 3:55 pm - Video of Cannella's Restaurant (Flash Mob location Tour of Cannella's Restaurant (https://youtu.be/41gi3VNT4QA) 10/30 - Latest Update Draft Overview of Dance Choreography (https://youtu.be/M5KDGj4ofPo) Draft Overview of Dance and Choreography now Available on the "FlashMobsetc" YouTube channel ([masked])! 10/30 I have created a Gmail ([masked]) account which is the YouTube channel I will use to post videos and photos to assist in everyone's preparations. My CenturyLink service at home is HORRIBLY slow, so I will find good Wi-Fi at a coffee shop in the next few hours to get the channel loaded with the "not great" videos of our practice yesterday. I hope they will help. :) We made a couple of videos that I will put on my YouTube channel and post links here. I will be adding and/or replacing the videos with better ones on Tuesday, Nov 1st. I can meet anyone at the SL Library on Sunday, Thursday or Friday morning between 9-10:00 am if anyone would like to practice, ask questions, etc. (especially if Saturdays are not good for you). Please text me [masked]) to arrange and include your name and that you're a Mobsters. ***Remember, there are opportunities for any and all to participate, regardless of how many meetings you've attended, whether or not you know the choreography well, or whatever. Just SHOW UP and join us for the this practice or the final practice and we will find a FUN place for you! We are looking for strong, skilled dancers for our first 3-5 dancers to start! 1) Please learn the lyrics well (posted on a discussion here). 2) Listen to the song, "I Can't Take My Eyes Off of You" as many times as you can so that you become familiar with the beat, the transitions and can connect with the explanation video and the written choreography (posted on the 10/29 meeting) as well as possible. 3) Please RSVP for the Final Practice, the event, Our Flash Mob, and for dinner at the restaurant. Thank you! Derek[masked]

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  • Practice Dance & Videotape (12-1:30) Event Walk-through @ Cannella's (1:30)

    10/29 Happy Saturday Morning, Mobsters! I am making copies of the choreography below that has formatting with BOLD and highlighted words to make it easier to follow WHAT, WHO and WHEN. 10/28 Choreography-Inserted Can't Take My Eyes Off of You Hermes House Band (https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C1JZAP_enUS706US706&q=Hermes+House+Band&stick=H4sIAAAAAAAAAONgVuLSz9U3MMwyKazIAwAOlPCpDgAAAA&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjxh5KXnMzPAhVr1oMKHUd9DSUQMQghMAA) One-Year Anniversary Flash Mob Ah, ah, ah…. (Dancer #1 [D1] follows Cannella’s host into dining room, looking up and around in awe and amazement as if something is about to happen…) Ah, ah, ah…. (Cannella’s host turns to the right and then turns around to seat D1 and then sees D1 begin dancing and shows a stunned look on face) (Interlude: 4 8-counts) [D1] dances “Grapevine” beginning to the right, back to the left, then right and finishing the last 8-count on step 5) [D1] 1st 8-Count 2nd 8-Count [D2 joins]3rd 8-Count 4th 8-Count Verse 1 [D3 joins] You're just too good to be true(Extend right hand out in front of left shoulder and move hand to the right ending with your right arm at a 45-degree angle at the word “true” I can't take my eyes off of you(Simultaneously drop your right hand and raise your left hand to your face pointing to your eyes at the word, “eyes” You'd be like heaven to touch(Move both hands out in front of your stomach and look skyward and to the left a little at the word “heaven” Oh, I wanna hold you so much(Close your eyes, drop your head as if looking down and hug yourself [right hand reaches all the way around your left side and left hand reaches all the way around your right tricep/arm while you shrug your shoulders] at the word, “hold”) At long last love has arrived(Move your hands over your heart with your left hand in front of your right hand at the word, “love” And I thank God I'm alive(Move your hands to a “praying” position in front of your sternum and look skyward and a little bit to the right on the word, “God” You're just too good to be true0(Extend your left hand out in front of your right shoulder and move hand to the left with your left arm at a 45-degree angle at the world, “true” I can't take my eyes off you (Raise right hand to point to eyes at the word, “eyes” and then extend entire hand towards target audience ending at the word, “you” (Interlude: 4 8-counts) (“Grapevine”) [D4 & D5 join] 1st 8-Count “Grapevine” from Stage Left to Stage Right 2nd 8-Count “Grapevine” from Stage Right to Stage Left [D6-8 join] 3rd 8-Count “Grapevine” from Stage Left to Stage Right 4th 8-Count “Grapevine” from Stage Right to Stage Left Chorus 1 [D9-13 join] I love you…(baby) (a-Quickly & simultaneously, raise your right hand, make a fist and extend your thumb towards your right chest below your collar bone on the word, “I” b-Quickly & simultaneously, move your left hand to grab your right side [left arm parallel to the ground] on the word, “love” c-Quickly & simultaneously, extend your right hand towards target ending with your right arm nearly straight on the word, “you” H (H="The Hustle") 1 …baby (Begin [step back with left foot] the “Hustle” with 3 steps back and clap on count 4… And if it's (H2) quite all right …forward 3 steps and clap on the count 4, step to the right and spin around to the right, facing forward again and clapping on count 4, step back to the left 3 steps and spin around to the left, facing forward and clapping on count 4) I need you (H3) baby To warm my (H4) lonely nights I love you (H1) baby (H2) Trust in me when I (H3) say 4) … Oh pretty [D14-30 join] (H1) baby Don't bring me (H2) down I pray Oh pretty (H3) baby Now that I've (H4) found you stay And let me love you, baby Let me love you (Repeat Verse1; Repeat motions) You're just too good to be true I can't take my eyes off of you You'd be like heaven to touch Oh, I wanna hold you so much At long last love has arrived And I thank God I'm alive You're just too good to be true I can't take my eyes off of you One…two, (All dancers for a path for Derek) one, two, three, four [Derek joins] I love you Jhonny (baby) And if it's quite all right I need you Jhonny (baby) To warm my lonely night I love you baby Trust in me when I say I love you Jhonny (baby) And if it's quite all right I need you baby To warm my lonely night I love you baby Trust in me when I say… One…two, one, two, three, four (slow) La dah, la dah, la dah dah dah La dah, la dah, la dah dah dah La dah, la dah, la dah dah dah La dah, la dah, la dah dah dah (faster) La dah, la dah, la dah dah dah La dah, la dah, la dah dah dah La dah, la dah, la dah dah dah La dah, la dah, la dah dah dah (faster with more percussion) La dah, la dah, la dah dah dah La dah, la dah, la dah dah dah La dah, la dah, la dah dah dah La dah, la dah, la dah dah dah (***goes right into to repeat of chorus) I love you baby And if it's quite all right I need you baby To warm my lonely night I love you baby Trust in me when I say I love you baby And if it's quite all right I need you baby To warm my lonely night I love you baby Trust in me when I say 10/26 Recording and posting some of the dance steps tomorrow! :) 10/24 I videotaped the entrance to the Cannella's, outside, and the complete inside where we will perform, but I am unable to post it here as of yet. I will attempt again tomorrow. *** Please RSVP for the Final Practice and the Flash Mob on Nov 13th if you are able to participate! Thank you!!! 10/23 *If you dance Salsa and/or speak/sing Spanish, we are looking for you! Part I of the Flash Mob is a Salsa dance version of "Todo Cambio." (by La Organizacion) https://youtu.be/580uuXFjn6k I am organizing Part I and Part II ("Can't Take My Eyes Off of You") separately, so if this sounds like a surprise, do not get confused. Message or text me with any questions. Thank you, Derek [masked]; Please tell me your name and identify yourself as a Mobster when you text) 10/22 1) Watch for postings (Tue or Wed) of videos of the main dance steps and also of Cannella's restaurant (Flash Mob location) on this sight. 2) RSVP for the Main Event on Sun 13 November 2016 at 5:00 pm and the Final Practice on Sun 13 Nov 2016 at 3:00 pm at the south side of Library Square (about 225 E and just north of 500 S), just east and across the street from Cannella's. 3) Bring five to 10 friends! 4) Be ready to RSVP (with me) if you would like to eat at Cannella's after the Flash Mob. I expect to have enough friends and family who are not participating in the Mob for which I will reserve tables. We do want some "plants" that are eating and then join the Flash Mob. 5) Watch for updates to this page, discussions, emails, etc. 6) Text me with your questions, ideas, ways to support, etc. and include your name. Thank you, Derek [masked]

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  • Learn & Begin Practicing the Dance!

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    10/21, 9:00 pm 1) I was not able to get power reserved at the SL Library amphitheater. Does anyone have any type of portable speakers (battery-operated, etc.) that they can bring on Sat 10/22? 2) I am going to make every effort to go early tomorrow (10:30 at the latest). If anyone would like to come early to catch up on what we've covered in practices thus far, contribute to enhancing the choreography, etc., please text me and let me know [masked]) so I know to look for you and we can communicate. 3) The choreography includes the following basic steps: the "Grapevine" (if you don't know what that is, don't worry, it's simple), the basic 4-count steps from "The Hustle," basic step back and forth from left to right and right to left with finger snapping. 4) We have a Bollywood dancer (cannot attend tomorrow), a Break Dancer (cannot attend tomorrow, and an additional Break Dancer (pending attendance tomorrow). With the small numbers of total participants and short prep time, the plan is to use basic, easy-to-learn and dance steps for the majority of the song. Then, based on interest, talent and practice time, we have "spotlight" sections for dancers and if others can/want to join in, we will build those sections in the typical Flash Mob fashion. If our participation numbers are lower, the restaurant space is not that big, so just a solo, duet or trio will look great and be awesome for the most important aspect of this event, to surprise, "warm" and "WOW" our audience and HAVE FUN!!! ******************************************************** We will meet briefly at a closest table available to the east exit and SL Roasting Comp store (just inside the east entrance to the SL Library Atrium). By about 11:15 am we will move outside to the amphitheater area (exit east and go to your right. You will see the amphitheater on your right) where we have an outlet where I can plug in my speakers so we can hear the music. If you cannot make it but would like and are able to participate in other rehearsals and the even on Nov 13, -please RSVP for- the Flash Mob Event scheduled and text me. -Thanks, Derek [masked]) [masked]

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  • Be familiar with Can't Take My Eyes Off... lyrics and bring your dancin' shoes!

    10/14-4:45 pm: I have made some good progress on basic choreography for the intro/entrance and first verse of "I Can't Take My..." I am basing on the possibility of having only a handful of participants and including a simple way to add more people without causing any challenges. I am thinking a good and easily accessible prop would be a cane or long/standard umbrella. Please bring a cane/umbrella (or similar item) to the meeting/rehearsal tomorrow. If you have extra canes or umbrellas and you don't mind bringing them to share and help with the practice, that would be great! 10/14-10:00 am: Please send me your email if you would like me to email you the lyrics. I will paste them in the body of the email and attach a Word doc as well. 10/13: Please message me directly with specific questions as I get message notifications more easily than notifications of comments on meetings. I am still new at this and learning the Meetup platform system as quickly as I can. Thank you for your help and patience! 10/13: Anyone know a choreographer, dance instructor, Zumba instructor (or the like) that would like to help us? Please message me and invite them to the meeting on Saturday! *** These are dance versions with strong percussion and dance beats! Song: Can't Take My Eyes Off of You - Hermes House Band (4:06) Second Song: Todo Cambio (original by Camilo) Todo Cambio 4:41 La Organizacion Los Mejores de la Salsa 2008 Salsa y Tropical I think we can meet at Cannella's to help everyone get familiar with the location and the "stage." Then, I think we can move outside or even over to Library Square to be able to listen to the music, choreograph and dance. What do you think? *** I will continue to add to this throughout the week I corrected the lyrics for "I Can't Take My Eyes Off of You" and posted over again in a discussion. If you would like me to email it to you, please let me know.

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