Gotta Watch: Flash mobs
Inmates in the Philippines pay tribute to Michael Jackson by recreating the "Thriller" dance.
September 29th, 2011
12:10 PM ET

Gotta Watch: Flash mobs

They are a spectacle of choreographed, spontaneous dancing involving masses of people. Flash mobs take precision and planning to pull off, but when successful, they are a sight to be seen. Inspired by a recent flash mob wedding proposal that puts lots of other proposals to shame, we decided to take a look back at some of our favorite flash mob dance routines.

Flash mob proposal – Nam Tran pulled out all the stops when he proposed to his girlfriend, Trang Vu. Tran organized a flash mob of students and family members to bust a  move to Frankie Valli's "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You." The whole mob got down on one knee as he proposed on the campus of UCLA, where the couple first met.
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Inmates dance for Jackson – Hardened criminals are probably the least likely group one would imagine bursting into choreographed dance. But inmates at one prison in the Philippines dedicated countless hours learning Michael Jackson's dance moves and even paid tribute to the performer shortly after his death.
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Mall flash mob matrimony – Shoppers at a Massachusetts mall suddenly found themselves in the middle of a flash mob wedding. Family, friends and shoppers all gathered for the public wedding that was kicked off by a flash mob dance routine. The bride and groom even sent out instructions for the dance moves along with the wedding invitations.
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Last, but not least, we thought we should include one more of our favorite flash mob scenes  from the ABC's "Modern Family."

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  1. Jazzzzzzz

    Lets just be grateful that Nancy Grace didn't enter one of the FLASH MODS and FLASH everyone LOL
    I heard one of her PUPPES got loose on (Dancing with the Stars)

    September 29, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike collins

      they'll get married, find jobs, get a cutesy little apartment, pick out furniture at ikea and start to live happily ever after...until he gets laid off, starts drinking, she has a fling with her coworker.

      ...and they divorce in less than 2 years.

      September 29, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Louis

    Flash mobs used to mean white people doing dumb harmless things and now it means gangs of blacks robbing stores. TELL THEM TO BEHAVE!!!!!

    September 29, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • No U

      you need to behave. I'm telling you. Racism is misbehaving. Its not acceptable. Yes all your little code words and thinly veiled comments are transparent.

      September 29, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • NO No U YOU

      Why don't YOU behave. Saying harsh things to people who post. Calling them racist. You are. YOU.

      September 29, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josey

      Racist much?

      September 29, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Grammar Police

      God, where do I start?

      September 29, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Snap

      For all who screamed racist:

      Flash mobs used to mean people doing dumb harmless things and now it means gangs of people robbing stores. TELL THEM TO BEHAVE!!!!!

      September 29, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    @Bimbo the Birthday Clown:
    Yeah. Cute and bubbly. That's us, all right! 😀

    @Jazzy:
    SHE says it was the lining of her dress. *I* say, since when did they make dress linings out of *that*?

    September 29, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Flashmob tomorrow

    Everyone meet me tomorrow at 2:15 PM local time at the main entrance to Wrigley Field. We'll dance, dance, dance like dancing fools then all get naked and eat ice cream.

    2:15 PM

    Wrigley.

    Don't miss it.

    September 29, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Grammar Police

      Ice cream (?)

      September 29, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    I'll be at Wrigley just to watch you, FT.

    September 29, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
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