Happy Flash Mob at Convention

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Crossing off my bucket list: participate in a flash mob.

dance lesson

I love seeing videos of flash mobs, and I thought that it would be a great idea to have one at Close to My Heart’s annual convention. After a few years of talking with corporate staff, I finally took the plunge and decided someone better step forward and arrange one. That would be me.

On May 1st of this year I created a facebook group and a website and began spreading the word to ask consultants to join in the surprise. I choreographed a simple dance with just a few moves, designed to be performed by any skill level, even seated dancers could participate.

It was a lot of work, but it was also a lot of fun in the weeks leading up to convention. We had to spread the word yet still keep it a secret. I was working with one of the staff at corporate, so that we could surprise the CTMH executive team and support staff at convention.

happy button collage

Before convention, we created badges to identify ourselves, but did not give away what the badges were for. Seeing so many badges on consultants as we attended classes and events at convention was thrilling, knowing that we would all be surprising everyone else with our big dance.

Finally, the big day. After a long day of teaching extravaganza, I was tired to the bone, but excited about our big performance. All of the attendees gathered in the ballroom for our final general session. CTMH founder and CEO Jeanette Lynton came onstage for an emotional Q&A session and touching tribute to her 30 years in the papercrafting industry.

I had been given the information that our music would start sometime after the Q&A onstage, but we did not know exactly when it would begin. There was more news for CTMH to share with us onstage, and I have to admit that I don’t remember much of anything that was said, since I was perched on the edge of my seat waiting for our cue!

Finally, our music began, interrupting the three Close to My Heart Vice Presidents onstage. Time to get happy….

18 comments:

Abby said...

Loved it!! So sad I wasn't there this year...

Christa said...

It was awesome! I also loved your artwork for extravaganza!!!!!

Rebecca Brown said...

Thank you so much for organizing this Tresa. I had so much fun practicing and performing. It turned out amazing!

Sheila Bennett said...

Love it!! So glad your video turned out well.

Kigz said...

Thank you will never be enough to say! Your video turned out GREAT!!! Kudos to the photographer! :)

Karen Pedersen said...

It was FABULOUS, Tresa...FABULOUSLY ARTSY!

Carol West said...

How fabulously fun!

Melanie Boyer said...

I had SOOOO much FUN!!! LOVED IT! Thanks for organizing it, Tresa!!! Signed, "Brave & Happy"! ;)

DAWN said...

LOVED being a part of it, Tresa! It had to have been a ton of work in addition to everything else you did for convention! You are amazing!!

Randi said...

Thanks Tresa - It was a blast!

Lilian YF said...

Loved it! =)

stampmom said...

I'm so "HAPPY" I got to be part of this amazing event within an already fabulous event! Watching the reactions around the room was soooo much fun <3

Kathy and Bobber-Wobbers said...

Too cool Tresa, turned out great!!

Wendy Coffman said...

It was so much fun - thanks for the opportunity to play along!

Lois Ripley Chavez said...

It was so much fun. Does anyone have still pictures to send some of us so we can scrap it?
I would love to have a few shots.
Thanks Tresa for doing this. Does anyone know what Jeanette's reaction was?


Charlene Ricketts said...

It was AWESOME Tresa - you did an amazing job setting it all up & it was so much fun keeping that secret & then dancing. I never guessed it was Monica that you coordinated with- it was definitely one of the great highlights of convention.

Teresa Powell said...

That was fabulous! Thank you for organizing and sharing the video!

Patty said...

Tresa I was so impressed with this surprise performance at Convention! You did a fabulous job! It was so fun and timed perfectly!

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