Tahlequah Daily Press

October 31, 2013

Teen wants to bring flash mobs to town

By SEAN ROWLEY
Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — An effect of the digital age has been the onset of Internet sensations – including planking, the photo bomb and the flash mob.

Elorah Soto, 14 and home-schooled, said her family enjoys flash mobs, but she hasn’t seen any in Tahlequah.

“I think it would be something different in Tahlequah,” she said. “I really wanted to do one somewhere, and now I guess we may start one.”

So Soto has formed Tahlequah Mob. But there’s a difference between a regular flash mob - which is often pointless - and the type she seeks. She hopes to employ them for community interaction and promotion.

“We have plans for a Zumba dance flash mob,” she said. “We want to let people know about the Zumba class at the Cherokee Nation recreation facility. All ages are welcome. In particular, we are looking for college students and people with different talents - singing, dancing, musicians. But you don’t need a singing or musical talent to attend.”

This flash mob is planned for the Walmart Supercenter at 2020 S. Muskogee Ave. on Nov. 29 - Black Friday. The time isn’t determined; if it were, it wouldn’t be a flash mob.

Soto said the long-term goal of Tahlequah Mob is to bring the community together in the spirit of “fun and happiness.” She wants people to spend time with their friends and meet their neighbors.

“We’re looking at planning a music and swing dance mob at a local park,” she said. “We may try to do it sometime in February.”

The first flash mobs, in the digital-era sense, arose around 2003. They are comprised of people who assemble quickly, give a brief performance usually unrelated to the site or date, then suddenly disperse.

Social media, smart phones and email are often used to organize flash mobs. Sometimes organizers have participants meet at different locations where instructions for the flash mob are issued.

Soto asked locals to find out about planned flash mobs and to suggest their own ideas for activities and gathering sites.

“We definitely want to get as many people involved as we possibly can,” she said.

GET INVOLVED

For information about Tahlequah Mob or to suggest a flash mob, send a text to Soto at (661) 330-1616, write to tahlequahmob@yahoo.com or find Tahlequah Mob on Facebook.

srowley@tahlequahdailypress.com