UMaine flash mob entertains lunchtime patrons

Posted Nov. 05, 2010, at 4:29 p.m.

ORONO, Maine — A group of 56 UMaine students, joined by Bananas the Bear, UMaine Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Robert Dana and Senior Associate Dean of Students Kenda Scheele, brightened an other-wise dreary afternoon by staging a flash mob Friday in Memorial Union’s Maine Marketplace dining facility.

At noon, music erupted from the building’s sound system and groups of students began choreographed dance routines in locations on both levels of the union. Hundreds of onlookers, most of whom were enjoying lunch, reacted with surprise as the dancers performed all around them.

Dana and Scheele descended the open stairway, dancing to the strains of the Isley Brothers’ “Shout!” which led to a finale featuring all the dancers in the atrium outside the UMaine Bookstore.

“This was a lot of fun, and a great representation of UMaine spirit,” Dana said.

Lauri Sidelko from the UMaine Division of Student Affairs, assisted by graduate students Jessica Bishop and Molly Schenck, organized the dancers, who practiced for the past several nights after the union had closed for the evening.

A video depicting part of the event is on the Mobile Maine News Web site.

Editing is under way on a more elaborate video presentation, featuring five camera angles. When completed, that video will be posted on UMaine’s YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/theuniversityofmaine .

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