Do I need to be a good dancer?
No! Flash Mob America is open to anyone of all physical capabilities. You do not need to be a trained dancer to participate in our events. A flash mob is more successful if you know the order of the moves. You are free to make the dance your own and put your own style to it. We find that the mobbers who attend rehearsal and practice at home along to the videos have a lot more fun dancing.
I’m in a wheelchair. Can I participate?
Yes! If you’d like us to, we can modify the choreography for you at rehearsal. Please email us at FMAjoy@flashmobamerica.com so we can discuss wheelchair access at the rehearsal space and venue.
What do I wear for the flash mob?
Most of the time you just wear your regular, “family-friendly” clothes, whatever you feel most comfortable performing in.
We will tell you what the audience may be wearing and what the setting is. You are free to make your own interpretation of that. You are not required to wear any specific thing. It is up to you to determine what will best make you feel like you blend in for the surprise.
If you don’t have anything that works for the setting, you can join the dance when the music starts instead of being in the room prior to the surprise.
Check out the “EVENT REVEALS” page for more details pertaining to your specific event at http://www.flashmobamerica.com/event-reveals/.
What do I wear if we are going to be on TV?
For televised events, you will receive specific instructions from the production company that hires you. They typically ask that you do not wear logos, solid white, bold patterns, or stripes. They also find that bright red and orange don’t play well on TV either. In many cases, scripted TV for example, you’ll receive a costume.
What’s the location of the flash mob?
The exact location of the flash mob is revealed at rehearsal the day of the event. If you cannot make rehearsal, you can text the event producer who will tell you where they will be.
Why can’t you just tell me the location?
To maintain both the element of surprise and a safe, positive environment, we only give out the general area of the flash mob beforehand.
But where is it?
We can’t tell you.
Can you tell me what area in my city the flash mob will take place?
Yes, we can give you the general location area. We can give you the zip code or Burrough.
Why did you choose that flash mob location?
We didn’t. Our Sponsors choose the venue for the flash mob.
I need to plan my work schedule for that day. Can you tell me what time it happens?
If we know, we’ll tell you. If we don’t have a solid time posted for the event, it is most likely because we haven’t locked down a time yet. We will get that information to you as soon as it is available.
Why did you choose that flash mob time?
We didn’t. Our Sponsors choose the time for the flash mob. This time is always fluid and subject to change, as it is an organic decision made in real-time. Several key factors have to be in place for “go time.” Our on-site producers will make that determination based on the Sponsor’s arrival, the audience, the camera crew, etc.
Why do we get the information so late?
There are certain details that we cannot release until just before the event to keep the surprise authentic. There are also security reasons. Sometimes we don’t get certain details until the last minute as well.
Will there be a video of the flash mob?
Maybe. Most of the time we have a camera crew there to cover the event. Sometimes there is no budget for a camera crew, so bystander videos will be the only ones that exist. Often times our Sponsor will film it themselves and we always request a link or copy. That’s not always available.
Where are your videos posted?
If the Sponsor wants us to post their video, it is posted to our Youtube channel at http://Youtube.com/flashmobamerica
In many cases, the Sponsor does not want their video posted, so we don’t.
Do you own the videos?
We do not. Our videos are owned by our Sponsors. We post the videos on our YouTube channel so there is a central place for you to find your performance.
Do you own the music?
The only music we own the copyright to are our original songs. It is our Sponsor’s responsibility to get the music rights for their videos.
Is the flash mob rain or shine?
We are usually rain or shine. In most cases, we will hold for the rain but we have been known to dance thru rain and snow. It is rare for the event to be cancelled or rescheduled, but it has happened.
Will I be paid to dance in the flash mob?
The majority of our flash mobs are on a volunteer basis. We will tell you if the event is paid by our Sponsor.
How much will I be paid?
If the event is a paid gig, the Sponsor will typically split the money among all of you who actually came.
Television performances are union rates. Please see SAG-AFTRA rules for day rates.
What are “Tools?”
The Tools are those things will help you prepare for the performance. These include event details, dance videos, lyrics, etc.