Get ready to feel the evil of the Thriller! Flashmob New Orleans has officially begun registration for its 5th Annual Thriller Flashmob Experience for 2016. Hosted by the New Orleans School of Ballet, Flashmob New Orleans will open an eight-week session of Thriller flashmob classes from September 3 through October 29 from 2 p.m to 3:30 p.m. on Saturdays.
The Thriller Flashmob Experience attempts to “trace the beginnings of Michael Jackson's legacy through song and dance”, as well as to teach new dance themes to a new and unique class of dancers. In each weekly class, dancers will learn a new routine that will build up to a showcase to set up multiple flashmobs that will take place all over New Orleans. The performances will then lead up to the annual experience for Halloween 2016.
Although the experience requires a number of skilled dancers, Flashmob New Orleans prides itself on being open to everyone whether they have experience or not. Pet sitter Michele Abeyta said, “I have had so much fun learning how to dance (I'm pretty awful at it on my own) for the Thriller Flashmob! I can't wait to perform it! Kenneth is such a great teacher and his teaching style is positive and entertaining. Even though I'm mostly quiet, I'm really loosening up and having fun and enjoying the workout.” Local jewelry designer and retired teacher Marta Bourdeux concurred, stating, "Dancing in the flashmob is a wonderful experience. The weekend practice provided great exercise, the performances gave even the inexperienced dancer a chance to shine, and the camaraderie developed between the participants was unparalleled." In addition to teaching dance, Flashmob New Orleans also emphasizes the event as a family program, open to anyone in the public.
Flashmob New Orleans is a local community dance company that was founded by Kenneth Kynt Bryan, a Loyola Ballet alumnus, artistic director, local actor, dancer, choreographer and performer who also teaches the Thriller Flashmob Experience classes. He graduated Tulane University in 2012 with a Master's Degree in Liberal Arts and has been featured as guest artist with Loyola Ballet. Bryan is currently featured in the French Canadian Comedy film, Les Maitres du Suspense as a featured voodoo dancer as well as starring as a principle dancer in the role of Dance Partner. He was also featured in films such as Grudge Match and Dallas Buyers Club. Bryan has had a special double dance degree since 2002 and has been teaching classes throughout New Orleans for 16 years.
The sessions are located on 717 Adams St. at the corner of Adams and Maple Streets. The total cost is $100 for the entire session or $15 for individual classes. Class registration can be done by emailing [email protected] or calling 504-453-6991.