Flash mob dance opportunity returns to Steamboat Springs

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— There still is time for residents and visitors to learn the flash mob dance routine that will take center stage during Saturday’s Olympic Send-Off and Celebration and the 101st Winter Carnival in February.

This year, flash mob organizers have gone with the song “Treasure” by Bruno Mars. For the second year, Elevation Dance Studio owner Renee Fleischer has done the choreography. The 11-minute video on YouTube explains it all, and Fleischer demonstrates all the movements for anyone wanting to get their blood flowing at Saturday’s send-off event, which starts at 4 p.m. in Gondola Square. People can find the video by searching “Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival 2014.” It should be the first video that shows up.

Flash mob videos and performances have become extremely popular in recent years throughout the world. Traditionally, they involve people learning the dance moves on their own, everyone then meets at a busy public place such as an airport, and they perform the dance for an unsuspecting crowd.

For the Steamboat flash mob, organizer Millie Flanigan wants everyone to shake their tush, even if they don’t know the moves. Instructors will be on stage so people can follow along in the dance as the community sends its Olympians off to Sochi, Russia.

“We feel like this could be the secret ingredient they need for success,” Flanigan said.

Flanigan first came up with the idea for a Steamboat flash mob event as a way to celebrate the 100th Winter Carnival last year. An instructional video was produced and got thousands of views on YouTube. Children were taught the routine in the local schools.

“It took off like wildfire in the community,” Flanigan said.

During the Night Extravaganza and Diamond Hitch Parade, hundreds of people danced to “Good Time” by Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen. It was a hit and allowed everyone attending the carnival a way to participate in the celebration.

Organizers learned a few things from the inaugural flash mob. The song was a shortened version, and participants wanted more.

This year, they are using the full-length version of “Treasure” with repetitive dance moves. While the routine might seem a little intimidating to some, Flanigan said people should give it a try. It is easy to catch on once you put it to music, she said.

“Anyone can participate,” Flanigan said.

In addition to the performance during Saturday’s Olympic Send-Off, the flash mob also will occur during this year’s Winter Carnival Night Extravaganza on Feb. 8 and the parade Feb. 9. During the parade, participants will gather near the announcers booth.

Participants are encouraged to bring red, white and blue glow sticks.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland

2014 flash mob dance routine

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