ATS® Flash Mob 2015 – Greenbelt Rhythm & Drum Festival

ATS.MOB.16-me.Margo_FotorThe above photos are courtesy of Ivan Krivega.  Used with permission.

Last Saturday was our first participation in the ATS@ Flash Mob.  This is a worldwide event that started in 2012, and the first year for the DC team (us!). As a tribal belly dancer who has participated in Shimmy Mob DC (that performs on World Bellydance Day, in which flash mobs from around the world dance Raqs Sharqi) since 2013, I was jazzed to learn about the ATS® Flash Mob.

Flash mobs are always informal.  While many of us belly dancers enjoy dancing on a stage or in a restaurant, for flash mobs we “take to the streets” and just dance for whoever happens to be there.  Last weekend, we got a chance to dance for an awesome crowd at the Greenbelt Rhythm and Drum Festival and it was so much fun!

Here are some pics of our ATS® Flash Mob.  Since this was an informal event, our “costumes” were simplied – what I like to call “tribal lite”. While there’s somewhat of a uniform (black skirts or pants, black shoes; for World Bellydance Day, the designated Shimmy Mob t-shirt must be worn), a costume is not required.

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We took video, but since this was our first ATS® Flash Mob and a couple of us (including me) didn’t feel too confident about our dancing, we’re keeping it private for now.  Our dancing wasn’t bad, but I felt like I could have done better (I was wandering around a little bit).  So, no video of us but here are some photos:

The following photos are courtesy of Ivan Krivega.  Used with permission.

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No video of our dancing, but I did capture video of other people dancing to the Bele Bele Rhythm Collective.  I think I’ve found a new band to jam out to, but I couldn’t find any published music of theirs.  Thank goodness for YouTube!

My apologies for shooting the video vertically (trust me, it hurts!) – I didn’t realize this until I started editing.  But even if you don’t watch the video, I suggest at least listening to the awesome drumming!  I dare you not to shake something on your body.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

4 thoughts on “ATS® Flash Mob 2015 – Greenbelt Rhythm & Drum Festival”

  1. Hi DDenise, I’m Paula and I’m really surprised with your blog, it’s so nice. I’m glad to have found someone like you, during my life I suffer a lot of bullying from anothers because my lifestyle and because they say black gothic people don’t exist. Now I’m living in London and the things are completely different, but even with that I don’t feel confident yet. I hope more things from your amazing blog. Lots of hugs. Paula.

    1. Hello, Paula. My apologies for the late response. I am currently working to update this blog. I am so sorry for what you’ve been through. I completely understand – some people are just assholes and cannot accept those of us who are different. Stay tuned for more posts and videos. Us weirdos must stick together – especially us poc. ((BUG HUGS)) <3

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