VIDEO: Flash Mob Breaks Out at State Pier

Dozens of dancers joined together for a spontaneous number during the Tall Ships Festival last Friday.

Everybody dance, now!

Visitors may have set out to the to see historic ships, but were treated to some surprise dancing as well. 

A flash mob broke out at the State Pier in Newport on Friday when two dancers started busting some moves to Justin Bieber’s recent hit, “Boyfriend.” They were quickly joined by dozens of others who gathered to perform the spontaneous number. 

The video was uploaded to Youtube on Monday, July 9. (Don't be scared of the 11 minute time stamp. The dancing stops around the 5:30 mark.)

According to the video, Tall Ships commissioned Jackie Henderson Dance to coordinate a flash mob during the festival. She encouraged anyone to join the dance via Facebook, and put tutorials online so participants could learn the choreography.  

Onlookers were treated to a routine featuring several songs, including "Everybody Dance Now" by C&C Music Factory, "Billy Jean" by Michael Jackson, and ended with “Zoot Suit Riot” by the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, before the dancers quickly dissolved back into the crowd as quickly as they appeared.

Did you catch the flash mob last Friday? Tell us how it was in the comments!

pferd July 11, 2012 at 10:26 AM
This junk is not funny and can be downright dangerous. Are they crazy.
5th Warder July 11, 2012 at 10:31 AM
This was awesome. Love it!
Holly July 11, 2012 at 10:44 AM
Curry Fries July 11, 2012 at 12:34 PM
What are you talking about? Dangerous?
jackie henderson July 11, 2012 at 12:48 PM
I was commissioned by Tall Ships to choreograph the flash mob for the event. It was a lot of fun and a great success!!!! Thanks for posting it Newport Patch and thank you to all my dancers and film guys! If you want more info about what I do or you want to book a flash mob for an event, log on to www.ablemindbody.com! Jackie Henderson
SM July 11, 2012 at 02:30 PM
How can a this be dangerous? I see nothing but people having fun!
zooport July 11, 2012 at 03:14 PM
Doesn't look very spontaneous to me. Nobody looks surprised and everybody looks like they were waiting for this to happen.
john begin July 11, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Everything's scary and dangerous.Especially spontaneous dancing,and needs to stop!hahaha great job Jackie cheers!
Essie Dube July 12, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Given the time of year, it would have been great to see a flash mob doing something to patriotic music instead of this rap crap.
peter July 13, 2012 at 11:20 AM
Looks like fun, the onlookers seem to be enjoying it. Newport, RI: it's gonna be fun!


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