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Friday, November 18, 2011

Flash Mob to Occupy San Francisco and Oakland

Posted By on Fri, Nov 18, 2011 at 11:05 AM

Flash mobs are arguably the only good type of mob. It was supposed to be just another ordinary visit to the mall, and then bam. A crowd of people spontaneously broke into dance. 

That's why Dancing Without Borders, an Oakland nonprofit, is teaming up with Code Pink and the National Organization for Women to get people in their dancing shoes for Occupy Oakland and Occupy San Francisco tomorrow. What better way to breathe new life into the Occupy demonstrations and perhaps show the 1 percent that the 99 percent can do more than just occupy -- they can dance, too.

"This unique flash mob will include choreography that evokes the dying system, the awakening of a new society, and the necessary reconciliation between the 99 percent and the 1 percent," the group said in a statement.

For music, the group has selected the Black Eyed Peas' "Where is the Love?" and "One Tribe." There's no room for subtlety here.

Dancing Without Borders' founder Magalie Marcil said there is a lot of crossover between the flash mob participants and Occupy protesters. "Many of us are activists and have been present in the movement," she told SF Weekly.

Marcil said more than 100 people have been preparing for the big show since October, but that it's not too late for other community members to get in on the fun. Anyone who hasn't practiced prior to Saturday can still participate in one move at the beginning of the number: freezing.

Those who are interested in lending their best freeze move should arrive at Rincon Park at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow. The San Francisco dance will take place at noon, and in Oakland at 2:30 p.m. Marcil won't say exactly where the dances will strike, because a flash mob is only considered a success if it surprises the bystanders. She did hint, however, that they would occur near the Occupy encampments.

The plan is to make the flash mob a viral video that will inspire other Occupy sites throughout the country to take the movement in a positive direction, Marcil said.

Here's hoping the 1 percent likes the Black Eyed Peas.

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