You’ve seen the YouTubes. A cellist sets up in Brussels’ Grand-Place in the middle of the weekend farmers market, followed shortly by a tuba player. One by one, an entire orchestra emerges from the shadows to perform Benjamin Britten’s Cello Symphony Opus 68 as bewildered but delighted shoppers look on. A baritone strolls out onto Berlin’s Potsdamer Platz and launches into Mozart’s Figaro aria.
They’re called “flash mob” performances, designed to catch everyday shoppers with musical surprises and maybe lure a few to the next concert..
On a gorgeous Saturday leading up to Halloween, a flash mob of some 30 local kids ranging in age from seven to their teens, slipped out onto the lawn behind the vendors’ tents during the TaSH farmers market in Patriots Park and broke into a dance routine to the chords of “The Time Warp” from The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Video by Tim Grajek
The performers were from the Rivertowns Dance Academy (RDA), one of the local non-profits that receives donations from The Kids Club of Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow. Their performance was a way of giving back to The Kids Club for the charity’s support.
The dance was choreographed by RDA faculty member Alex Martin. After two rehearsals, she had them remarkably in sync. They were supplemented by Kids Club officers and such local luminaries as School Superintendent Ray Sanchez, Tarrytown Mayor Karen Brown and Tarrytown Trustee Becky McGovern..
Funds donated by The Kids Club to RDA support students in need of financial assistance. For information on Kids’ Club: kidsclubtarrytown.org. For information on RDA: rivertowndanceacademy.org. For more information on the flash mob event, contact Char Weigel at email@example.com.