July 19, 2013

Flash mob event headed for Portland

The organizers won't say where the flash mob will turn up on Aug. 5, but they are now recruiting and hope to make it the largest in Maine's history.

By Bob Keyes bkeyes@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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In this July 13 file photo, more than 50 seniors participate in a flash mob dance in Eugene, Oregon. A company that organizes flash mob events around the country will come to Portland in August to stage a high-visibility dance in a public place, but the organizer won't say where. (AP Photo/The Register-Guard, Chris Pietsch)

"The reason I do it is because it brings so much joy to people. It is my way of spreading joy and making the world a better place," she said. "We spend so much time online, this is something that brings people together face to face. It is born electronically, but manifests itself in human form."

For Portland, Flash Mob America is putting together a program that will involve a medley of two or three songs. Under consideration for the dance are "Pump It" by the Black Eyes Peas, "Can't Hold Us" by Macklemore, "Feel this Moment" by Pitbull and "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark" by Fallout Boy.

Brooks, whose career includes singing, dancing and acting, will travel to Portland with a small group of entertainment industry professionals to lead the flash mob. He will direct a team that will teach the dance to local participants.

He sang in the R&B group Special Generation, and played the role of Sam Cooke in the movie "Little Richard." He starred in the Showtime movie "2G's & a Key" before working with director Garry Marshall in developing "Happy Days" the musical and landing roles on TV in "Heroes," "24," "FlashForward," "Sons of Anarchy," "The Unit" and "Will & Grace."

Lawrence said Flash Mob America is looking for anyone "who is fun, passionate, outgoing, loves creating joy for other people and loves creating community. This is a gift to the community. Literally, we are looking for every body type, every ethnicity. You don't have to know how to dance. You just have to be willing to go for it and have a good time."


Flash mobs are fun, and although the event is rehearsed, they feel spontaneous because it's a one-time experience, unique to a specific time and place, she said.

Lawrence is a Michigan native who moved to Los Angeles to become an actress. She described herself as an actor and filmmaker.

She has had modest success as an actor, landing recurring roles on two TV series that have since been canceled. "It hasn't been as great as I would imagine, but I haven't given up," she said, adding that Flash Mob America allows her to stay in the entertainment business between acting jobs.

Flash mobs also enable people like her to follow their heart.

"A lot of our flashmobbers might have the same dream that I did," she said. "They can go out and be a star for a day."

Staff Writer Ray Routhier contributed to this report.

Bob Keyes can be contacted at 791-6457 or at: bkeyes@pressherald.com

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