Over sixty staff from the John Lewis’ flagship store in The Hayes, surprised visitors waiting in the Wales Millennium Centre, (WMC) for a performance of the Abba musical, ‘Mamma Mia!’ by holding an impromptu flashmob.
They came up with the idea as part of a team-building exercise, and choreographed, rehearsed and prepared the routine, which also featured tracks from Lady Gaga, Abba, Britney Spears and the Black Eyed Peas, before surprising centre visitors awaiting the evening performance. The finale was their version of Michael’s ‘Thriller,’ which has become a firm favourite for flashmobs everywhere.
Audiences who had arrived to see ‘Mamma Mia!’ were given a special pre-show treat, and judging by their reaction they enjoyed the flashmob just as much as the John Lewis dancers themselves; many of whom were dancing in public for the very first time.
Flashmobs are spontaneous events in public intended to surprise passers-by. They are often only planned at the last minute and are usually organised through the internet or on mobile phones.
The first flashmob was held in Macy’s department store in New York, organised by magazine editor Bill Wasik.