Camden group hand jives its way to YouTube

Jen Kirchoff (from left) of Hope, Dagney Ernest of Thomaston and Melanie Dilorenzo of Hope celebrated National Dance Day on Saturday with a routine to a song from "Grease."
Jen Kirchoff (from left) of Hope, Dagney Ernest of Thomaston and Melanie Dilorenzo of Hope celebrated National Dance Day on Saturday with a routine to a song from "Grease."
Posted July 30, 2011, at 1:17 p.m.
A group gathered Saturday near Camden Public Library to celebrate National Dance Day.
Heather Steeves
A group gathered Saturday near Camden Public Library to celebrate National Dance Day.

CAMDEN, Maine — “Freeze your feet and go oob bob a loop bop dom bam boo,” said dance instructor Erma Colvin.

“Run!”

With this cue, about 20 women ran around in the grass. The women were part of a flash dance for National Dance Day. They staged a dance routine and will post the video on YouTube this week. Their video will join dozens, hundreds, maybe even thousands of other flash dance videos from around the country.

Camden Public Library hosted the event in its amphitheater. In the green, surrounded by rock steps and overlooking the schooners in the bay, the women threw their hands in the air and danced to “We Go Together” from the musical “Grease.”

Unlike many of the groups around the nation who ask their participants to go online, learn a certain dance and then pop up in public unannounced to perform, the Camden group decided to run through the performance a few times first.

“It goes up, up, up, down, down, down, turn around,” Colvin said before turning the music on.

The dancers threw their hands up, put them down, then …

“What’s next? I forget,” said Dagney Ernest to her dance partner Jen Kirchoff. Kirchoff whispers to her and they twirl.

“I love dancing. African, Zumba, whatever keeps me moving,” Kirchoff said during a water break.

Meanwhile, Amy Hand, the librarian who put on the event, yelled at passersby, including one on a retro scooter.

“Come join us!”

The woman hops off her scooter and joins a line of dancers doing the grapevine. After a few moves, she leaves.

“That was fun, but I have to go make breakfast,” said Bridget Conway as she left to find her scooter.

After about 45 minutes, the group is ready. Local high school student Ryan Splaine volunteers to shoot the video for the dancers. They throw up their hands, twirl and hand jive. Once the last “we’ll always be together,” rings out of the speakers, the dancers clap before heading back to where they came from.

“Dance is a part of life and the human existence. It’s freeing. It shouldn’t just be done in a dance studio. It should be for everyone,” Colvin said.

The Camden group’s video will be posted on the Camden Public Library website in the next few days.

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