Last November 19, a group of over 100 dancers converged on Oakland’s Frank Ogawa Plaza to dance their solidarity with the Occupy movement. Dancing without Borders organized the dance flash mob, which included a mini drama featuring a momentarily tense, then peaceful encounter between a stereotypical white man in a power suit, representing the 1 percent, moved to action first by a young girl and then by an African American man, whom he ends up embracing:
Dancing without Borders created a “do it yourself video” to explain the steps and the story arc, that can inspire other groups to recreate the choreography (to Black Eyed Peas’ “Where is the Love?”):
It’s been said that revolutionaries lack a sense of humor, but the dance mob demonstrates the power of joy and light heartedness in the pursuit of positive change.The statement on Dancing without Borders’ website reads: “By celebrating life, community and peace through music, conscious dance, we ignite our light within, inspire each other and renew our spirit as a collective.” Group movement has been a vital part of ritual since prehistoric times; why not revive it during these days?
The holidays and other world events (not to mention the winter weather) may draw attention away from the Occupy efforts Yet an extraordinary list of Occupy actions still going on is gathered on the Occupy Together website. From Yerevan, Armenia to Bartlesville, Oklahoma, along with Occupy Namibia, Pakistan and Casper, Wyoming, it is amazing to witness a global movement for peace, justice and equality. However the Occupy movement changes in coming months, there is no denying that we have been living in an extraordinary moment of hope.
Image: Still from One People Flash Mob video via YouTube