Galleria shoppers pleasantly surprised

HOOVER, AL (WBRC) - By Emily Luxen

HOOVER, AL (WBRC) - Shoppers at the Riverchase Galleria were treated to a surprise when a flash mob broke out in food court.

A flash mob is when a large group of people come together in a public place unannounced, perform a choreographed dance, and then disperse. The events have gained popularity through social networking websites and videos on the internet.

The flash mob was organized by Chris and Emily Bailey who own Bailey Dance Studio in Hoover.  

The performance featured professional dancers from across the country in town for the Christmas in Dixie dance competition at the BJCC this weekend.

When the dancers started performing, the witnesses were pleasantly surprised.

"We were just sitting here eating, then all of a sudden, we thought what are they doing dancing over there? All of a sudden it was great," said C.C. Johnston.

The organizers said they hope the event encourages people to attend the weekend dance competition, but also shows people how much fun dance can be.

"Hopefully, people will get interested and follow us to a dance studio and learn how to dance," said the organizer Chris Bailey. Bailey also owns  Bailey Dance Studio. Dancers learned the routine at the Bailey Dance Studio or by watching a YouTube.  They said it was a lot of fun.

"It was really cool," said performer Bethany Carter. "It was cool having it around Christmas. It made it more festive."
Onlookers agree it added to the holiday cheer and they enjoyed the show.
"I just loved it," said witness Carolyn Kerr. "I asked them to do it again!"

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