May 25, 2018
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Flash mob promotes dancing for health in Fort Kent

Julia Bayly | BDN
Julia Bayly | BDN
Participants in Fort Kent's first ever "flash mob" showed off their dance moves Thursday afternoon as they performed an impromptu routine as part of National Dance Week.
By Julia Bayly, BDN Staff

FORT KENT, Maine — About 24 dancers took to the streets Thursday afternoon to bust some moves and shake their groove things as part of the town’s first ever “flash mob.”

Organized locally by Sonya Charette-Bodo, owner and instructor at Jazz it Up Performing Arts & Fitness Studio, the event was part of National Dance Week and aimed at getting people moving to music simultaneously around the country.

Often organized on social media sites such as Facebook, flash mobs are often groups of people who gather suddenly in a public place to perform or act for a brief period of time.

“The point of this today was to be part of National Dance Week and to help people appreciate the arts,” Charette-Bodo said. “It’s also about personal fitness and having fun.”

A choreographed dance routine had been featured on YouTube all week for those who wanted to have a smooth routine ready for Thursday.

“Most of the people here knew it by the time they came,” Charette-Bodo said after the group had performed in the Daigle Oil Co. parking lot. “They did great and they sure had a lot of fun.”

Among those who showed up to boogie with the mob was Bianca Babin, an 18-year-old University of Maine at Fort Kent student.

“Dancing is all about promoting wellness, having fun and is a great stress reliever,” Babin said. “It’s good for you psychologically and physically [and] it makes you happy.”

Charette-Bodo had hoped for a larger turnout, but already is thinking ahead to the next National Dance Week.

“I want this to be really big next time,” she said. “I want all the memeres, the peperes and everybody to come — you don’t have to know how to dance, you just have to move.”

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