Fringe4 Flash Mob

Blues Brothers Classic Rocks Dumfries Town Centre

As part of the Fringe4 Youth Arts Festival, and organised by Fresh Start for the Arts Emma Barrass and Kelly Whiteside of Emma Louise Dance Club in Wigtown organised a flash mob event to take place in the centre of Dumfries. 

The song chosen for the flash mob was ‘Shake Your Tail Feather’ by Ray Charles, a popular choice as it features in the cult film. ‘The Blues Brothers’. 

The dance was choregraphed and put on Youtube a few weeks before so that dancers could rehearse the steps without having to meet.

Most of the dancers came from Wigtownshire, and were from Emma Louise Dance Club, Youth Arts Learning Journey Project, Margaret Morris Movement, Conflux Urban Safari, and friends and family members, with the youngest dancer three years old. 

It was a wet and miserable day, but the dancers made the most of their time in Dumfries by learning new circus skills, courtesy of Hatricks Circus Company, and enjoying music performed by the best of young singer/songwriters including Emma MacNeill and Benjy Goodrich. 

In spite of the rain, the flash mob was performed with plenty of energy and enthusiasm, and drew a great deal of attention from the passing crowds.  

Emma Barrass said “We had lots of fun choreographing ‘Shake Your Tail Feather’. It was exciting to see the dancers and the audience really enjoying the surprise performance. We had a great time dancing in Dumfries.”

The event was filmed and edited by filmmakers from the youth film-makers group Scene1Take1.

Images of the Fringe4 events can be found here on the D&G Arts Festival Facebook page.

The dance project was funded by LEADER, Creative Scotland and Dumfries & Galloway Council.