Here in a flash
PSU students form flash mob club
Ali Clark | Collegio reporter
Flash mobs have been springing up all over the world within the last couple of years and you might see one on campus soon. YouTube is filled with videos of flash mobs – normal people randomly assembling in a public place and performing some sort of theatrical act and then dispersing into normal activity again. There are videos of people performing dance routines to “Don’t Stop Believing,” “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” and others. There are also dramatic scenes that are acted out. One video shows the arrest of Princess Leia by storm troopers on a subway.
The SPARK Theatrical Flash Mob is a student organization that started this semester. President of the club, Lydia Rohner, junior in English education, says she has been teaching dance and theater for about 14 years. Rohner says she and her mother own and run a children’s theater. She says she has helped choreograph and write plays for kids in kindergarten all the way up to high school since she was 11. Now, she wants to teach students on campus and implement it through flash mobbing.
“I thought it would be a really great thing to bring to campus,” Rohner said. “It’s something that has been blowing up all around the U.S. You see more and more flash mob videos on YouTube every day. There are actually a lot of colleges that are doing them now and I thought Pitt State needed one.”
The activities fair was the first place Rohner actu
ally marketed the club. Fifteen people showed up to the first meeting and she hopes more will come to the next.
“Some people have never done anything and some people have been doing it forever like me,” Rohner said.
Rohner says students do not need experience in any kind of dancing or theater to join the club and she says she is willing to teach anyone. She also says flash mobs do not have to be just dancing. There are flash mobs that are called “feel-good mobs.”
“We could stand out in the Oval and give out compliments all day or hugs all day or high-fives or anything like that,” Rohner said.
Rohner says other types of mobs include: freeze, poetry, silent and singing/cheering.
Rohner’s goal for the club is to spark interest in people and instantly make them happy when they view the theatrics put on by the group.
“It’ll be a lot of fun,” Rohner said. “It’s a club that’s not just within the club. When we do something it will affect everyone who sees it.”
She says the club is planning to perform a few smaller flash mobs within the next month. Their first big flash mob, however, will be the dance to “Thriller” by Michael Jackson, which will be performed near Halloween in the Oval.
“It’ll be unexpected,” Rohner said. “The point of a flash mob is that you don’t know exactly when it’s going to happen. We will be giving hints; writing on the sidewalk and putting up posters. People will know it’s going to happen but they won’t know who or exactly when.”