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Flash mob event WC first

‘Monster Mash’ performed

October 31, 2011
Anne Blankenship - Managing editor ( , The Daily Freeman Journal

About 25 people surprised trick-or-treaters and shoppers in downtown Webster City Saturday afternoon by taking to the streets an impromptu dance.

The event, known as a "flash mob," was a first for Webster City, according to organizers.

"It was fun," said Chris Christian, former RSVP director and now a Zumba instructor. "It was an experiment, but it was definitely fun."

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Christian said she and some of her students had seen flash mobs in videos on YouTube and decided to try one in Webster City. In keeping with the season, Christian said the group decided on "Monster Mash," and even found written directions for the original dance.

The event took a lot of planning and coordination, according to Christian, including working with the city and Chamber of Commerce to close down the street briefly. And when the merchant trick-or-treating event was moved from Monday back to Saturday, there were phone calls and emails to participants to reschedule the flash mob.

"We lost a few people," she said, "but it was still fun. We'll still be able to say that we were part of the first Webster City flash mob."

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Local residents took to the street Saturday afternoon to take part in Webster City’s first flash mob event. The group danced to “Monster Mash”in the middle of Second Street.

Ultimately, the event was about more than just a one-time event.

"Our message was really about getting out and moving. We all need to move more to be healthy and stay active," Christian said. "It's important for everyone to find a way to move that's fun for them."

The icing on the cake for the dancers was the applause from the crowds that gathered along the street.

"We didn't expect that, but it was kind of nice," Christian said.



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