Day sixty

International Dance Day

After many rehearsals, it was finally the day of the flash mob!  At Metro Hall Square (just east of King and John) today at 12:10pm, we surprised everyone by bursting in to dance!  Organized by the National Ballet School as a tribute to International Dance Day, about 130 dancers took over Metro Hall Square.  I wanted see the looks on everyones face when we started to dance, but I was paying so much attention to getting to where I needed to be (accidentally bumping into two different dancers in the process – oops) and getting the steps right, I didn’t have time to look around me!  Luckily the weather cooperated for us and although a little chilly, the sun was out – we were worried it would be raining and no one would see us.  The official video of the event is being edited and will be put up on You Tube on Sunday.  They have asked that we don’t publish any video until the official one is released, so in respect to the choreographer Matjash Mrozewski and NBS, I will wait to post the footage of my experience until Monday.  But here’s a little sneak peek of me before the dance, filmed by the very kind Nico Szidiropulosz:

Day forty-eight


I haven’t talked enough about dance, considering I am actually dancing quite regularly.  I am rehearsing, along with a large group of other people (I’ve heard about 130 dancers), to be part of a flash mob for International Dance Day on April 29th.  Organized by the National Ballet School, every day of the week there are rehearsals (I usually only go to one a week) to prepare a dance routine for the occasion.  I’m pretty excited to be part of this, as I’m a huge fan of all the flash mobs videos circulating on the internet (I’ve included a couple of my favourites below).  I will talk more about International Dance Day and what exactly is happening at the secret location in two weeks.  However, just being there dancing once a week, exercising, using all of my body and emotions, is a fantastic feeling.  I find dancing just makes me happy, no matter what the style.

Spontaneous Art

I’m really interested at the moment in spontaneous art.  My friend Regan told me about an artist and author named Keri Smith (click here to check out her website where you can draw something “right in front of you” and submit it to the gallery). She’s written several bestselling books about creativity, but the one that interests me the most (which I’m now really interested to read), is The Guerilla Art Kit.  Here is an excerpt from a blog post she wrote about Guerilla Art:

(originally published in 2006)
Guerilla art is a fun and insidious way of sharing your vision with the world. It is a method of art making which entails leaving anonymous art pieces in public places. It can be done for a variety of reasons, to make a statement, to share your ideas, to send out good karma, or just for fun. My current fascination with it stems from a belief in the importance of making art without attachment to the outcome. To do something that has nothing to do with making money, or listening to the ego.”

Flash mobs fit into this category a little.  Particularly the one I’m a part of celebrating International Dance Day – the goal to celebrate dance (although I’m pretty sure National Ballet School gets some free advertising out of this, which isn’t quite anonymous).  I’m intrigued by the idea of random art for people to enjoy without knowing beforehand that they were about to witness something artistic.  I’m going to start doing that.  Although if I write about it on the blog, does that disqualify it from being guerilla art?  I don’t think so, considering most people in Toronto who would witness the art don’t read my blog (as much as I wish they did!).

Here are a few flash mobs videos:

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Sound of Music in Belgium:

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Last year’s National Ballet School flash mob at the Eaton Centre in Toronto:

Click here to watch 

I also love everything Improv Everywhere do.  Check out their website here for lots of fun time-killing videos!