Top Ten Flash Mob Dances Around the World

Updated on March 13, 2018
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Nyesha loves writing about cooking/recipes, restaurants, movies, weddings, and poetry.

This article will explore an exciting and fun selection of flash mobs. I love dancing and these are the ten best dance routines that I could find.

Flash mob dances, appear to be a fairly recent phenomenon. The first was said to have occurred in New York City in 2003. They occur in various forms, and can range from simply freezing in position, to intensely choreographed dance routines.

I have never witnessed one in person, but they seem to be so much fun! Flash mob dances spread so much joy. It's beautiful to see how they get everyone to coordinate as a team!

What Makes a Successful Flashmob?

  • good choreography
  • practice
  • email coordination
  • a great song
  • positivity!

When the dancing is random and not coordinated, it is much less impressive. To have a successful flash mob, remember, practice makes perfect.

Currently, some of the most trendy songs for performing flash mobs to are Journey's "Don't Stop Believing" (the Glee version) and songs from the soundtrack of the film Sound of Music.

Here are my favorite flash mob dances of all time!

10. Beyonce Single Ladies Flash Mob in London

9. Bollywood Flash Mob Dance in Times Square, New York City

8. Glee Flash Mob in Dublin, Ireland

7. Seattle Flash Mob in Westlake Park

6. Oprah Celebrating 25 seasons in Chicago

5. Backstreet Boys Flash Mob Dance in the Ukraine

4. Hammer Time Flash Mob in L.A. (This One Made Me Laugh the Most!)

3. Stockholm Tribute to Michael Jackson

2. T-Mobile Commercial

1. Sound of Music Flash Mob Dance in Belgium

What Causes Flash Mobs to Fail?

  • too few people
  • lack of organization
  • not enough practice
  • bad coordination
  • faulty technology
  • a bad song

There is much debate over what really constitutes a flash mob. Can it really be planned or must it be spontaneous? I argue that to be effective, it can not be truly spontaneous. The most impressive flash mob dances include a lot of participants and the event must be planned and organized to get everyone to show up. Spreading the word might occur through emails/evites or flyers.

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This question is for if you have never participated in a flash mob dance.

If you have never participated in a large organized flash mob dance before, would you consider doing so in the future?

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      • Journey * profile imageAUTHOR

        Nyesha Pagnou MPH 

        4 years ago from USA

        I've also just learned about Flash Mob America, a company that claims to be the largest flash mob company in the world. If you prefer not to put together your own flash mob but rather to join in on one that is already scheduled and in the process of being coordinated, you can register as a dancer for events with Flash Mob America (http://www.flashmobamerica.com) and join their mailing list. They are based in Los Angeles, California but right now there are events scheduled as far as Orlando, Florida. You can take a look and see if there are any dances coming near you.

        Flash Mob America is also available for you to hire their dance groups for your own events such as a big wedding proposal!

        Flash Mob America puts together dances for events for both for profit organizations and charitable organizations. Their clients have included Universal, Dell, ABC and the American Red Cross to name a few.

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        Nyesha Pagnou MPH 

        4 years ago from USA

        Thanks to stan, mike and De marquis miller for all the most recent comments on this hub. I'm sorry for my very late reply.

        A lot of flash mobs that appear spontaneous are in actuality very well planned and choreographed. If you would like to participate in a flash mob, you might want to take the lead in putting one together.

        Depending on how large of a crowd you want to have participate, you might be able to rely on phone and email communication with just family, friends and acquaintances to pull it together. If you are looking for a larger group of participants in the flash mob dance, you might want to put up fliers in your area. You can tack some fliers on the community bulletin boards in cafes or supermarkets for example.

        On the fliers, you can state, "WANTED: Flash Mob Participants!" Indicate dates, times and locations for both the flash mob rehearsal(s) and the actual flash mob dance event. Best of luck to you or anyone who reads this and is thinking of putting together a flash mob dance! Have lots of fun.

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        De marquis miller 

        5 years ago

        I need a flash mob were can I find one

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        mike 

        5 years ago

        thinking of doing something like this

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        stan 

        5 years ago

        There's a russian one, dancing to puttin on the ritz. They look like they're having a great time.

      • Journey * profile imageAUTHOR

        Nyesha Pagnou MPH 

        5 years ago from USA

        Hi Vega, thanks for commenting. That is really cool that you were considering it. Maybe you will still be able to participate in one sometime in the future. I'm sure you'd have a great time.

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        Nicole Paschal 

        6 years ago from Saint Petersburg, Florida

        Wonderful article. I was trying to get into a Flashmob in San Francisco, but they didn't plan anything- untiil after I left..lol

      • Journey * profile imageAUTHOR

        Nyesha Pagnou MPH 

        6 years ago from USA

        Hi santiago and phdast7, thank you both for commenting. I'm glad you agree that flash mobs are great. I appreciate your nice words.

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        Theresa Ast 

        7 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

        Flash Mobs are wonderful. They speak to so many emotions and desires and joys that we have. Thanks for the Hub and the great videos you shared. Wonderful.

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        santiago 

        7 years ago

        a great way to break out of a daily routine, dance, and enjoy a group effort.

      • Journey * profile imageAUTHOR

        Nyesha Pagnou MPH 

        8 years ago from USA

        Hi Ethel, thanks for commenting. Yes, the Black eyed peas one is great. They must have spent a good while rehearsing.

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        Ethel Smith 

        8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

        Fabulous. I love the Black eyed peas one. How did they all stay in such good time?

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        Nyesha Pagnou MPH 

        8 years ago from USA

        Thank you so much Nancy!

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        Nancy's Niche 

        8 years ago

        What a delightful and uplifting hub! I’ve always said that voices lifted in song and a little dancing in the streets would promote a happier world. This is the first time I've heard of or seen flash mob dancing; I love it---let’s hope we see move of it!!!!! :o) I will be sharing this on Facebook and Twitter.

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        Nyesha Pagnou MPH 

        8 years ago from USA

        :-) Thanks for commenting Hello, hello!

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        Hello, hello, 

        8 years ago from London, UK

        Thank you for updating me. Sitting here and typing all day round I would miss it all what goes on in the world.

      • Journey * profile imageAUTHOR

        Nyesha Pagnou MPH 

        8 years ago from USA

        Hi Alekhouse, thanks very much for your comment. I am glad to share the info. with you. I was very impressed when I first learned about the flash mobs too.

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        Nancy Hinchliff 

        8 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

        Loved this! never heard of a flash mob dance until now. Really fun watching the videos. Thanks.

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