Sunday, June 24, 2012

Graduation Flash Mob


For the past month I've been keeping a secret...

I had the idea germinating about how fun it would be to do a flash mob for months... And we pulled it off last night at Graduation.

The seniors were so surprised and loved it, and I think everyone had a really great time!

Of course, nothing really went quite the way we'd planned...

There ended up being WAY more chairs around each table than normal, so all the choreography we'd come up with for between tables became impossible. People couldn't even get from their tables to the tiny little central path, so everything we had planned other than pretty much on stage in the tiny, tiny center couldn't happen. Some people couldn't make it up to the stage on time to join in, and we missed the whole part with brothers and sisters jumping out during the first verse of "We Are Family"... Really sorry that I didn't just have a few of those sisters up on stage with us the whole time; they knew the moves—but I was counting on them for the big 'Brother/Sister' part down the aisle...

Another main thing that happened was that since everyone got so excited, and stood up to cheer us on, you couldn't tell when "new people" had been choreographed to join in. It looked like just a really fun big group dance—but since we all had such a great time, and the only reason we did it was to make the seniors happy, who really cares?

Two of our big soloists missed a cue since the mob ended up starting earlier than it was supposed to—so we ended up actually staging the last part of the mob all over again. Irregardless, it was great!

On a more minor note, the music didn't start as loudly as needed and exactly when we had planned, and I got a little flustered... I ended up messing up our initial trio choreography and everyone missed out on my amazing ninth grader's choreography that the three of us somehow had managed to learn! My two colleagues were SO on the ball and simply followed my lead so we all still were in unison. They're wonderful!

The angles of these cameras don't do justice to how fantastic my other colleagues were, especially our usually rather austere male math and history teachers who obligingly got so into this and were stars—much to the delight of the students!

I had had my senior English class over after their national exam and these two songs had been on one of my playlists... The students LOVED them and started breaking out in dance... One of them was particularly excited and all I could think of was how her mom and brother had just been at rehearsal working on a number to that very song...

This is just a little montage I put together w/recordings form two little Flip cameras... The school will be doing a much better montage video with other angles from better cameras and more zooms in on the students' surprised faces.

I'm so thankful to everyone who helped us to pull this off!!!

Throughout all of this, there were some "Russian/American" cultural moments... Russians, well, dance in their high heels no matter what. And brilliantly. I could barely walk after wearing my new  heels and having to walk around in them for four hours before the mob began... I had welts on my heels...

Another thing... All the Russian women just don't sweat! I felt so embarrassed at the end, literally dripping my way back to my table!

Congratulations, Seniors!!!!

3 comments:

Annie said...

I'm glad you explained what you'd intended, to some extent, because when I watched the second time, and can see exactly what you meant. Is the amazing 9th grader that boy? That was pretty amazing!

You have such a wonderful life, Tamara!

Tina in CT said...

Looks like everyone was having a ball. Good you had on the orange dress so I could always spot you.

Michelle said...

How fun!! You turned an ordinary drab graduation into an amazing rockin time that will be remembered for all! You set the bar high!! I'm glad I found your blog, you inspired me!! hugs! Michelle W