Flash mob calls students to dance

CONGA LINE: As part of a flash mob medical students form two separate conga lines dancing and holding balloons from the East campus library lawns to the Great Hall.          Photo: Dana Da Silva

CONGA LINE: As part of a flash mob medical students form two separate conga lines dancing and holding balloons from the East campus library lawns to the Great Hall. Photo: Dana Da Silva

Wits friends of MSF held a MP3 directed flash mob Wednesday afternoon dancing from East all the way to West campus.

Two conga lines, separated into men and women, danced their way towards the Great Hall Wednesday afternoon to the rhythms of Gloria Estefan holding red and black balloons.

It was like a scene from a music video … except there wasn’t any music.

Medical students held an MP3-directed flash mob at lunch time this afternoon named The Calling.

For this type of flash mob the MP3 with the music and directions was released to the flash mobbers the day before. Students then had to download it onto a music playing device and find some earphones through which to listen. On the mp3 were directions as to where the students needed to go, do and dance to.

The students then danced around campus to music only they could hear therough their earphones.

“We decided to do a flash mob because we heard about this event called the MP3 experiment that they did in San-Francisco. They have thousands of people doing a silent flash mob, like this one. So we were inspired by that and decided to do our own version,” said organiser Katherine Burgess.

Some of the music that they listened along the way was Psy’s Gangnam style, Tightrope by Walk the Moon and Michael Jackson’s Thriller.

This mp3 coordinated mob was put together by the Wits friends of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and was intended to raise awareness of the MSF branch on medical campus.

Students were also given a variety of props that they used throughout the event. Bubbles, plastic flowers and water guns were some of items given to them along the way.

That spectators could not hear the music made the event more interesting. “I felt like we were in our own portal, like no else knew what the hell you were listening to,” said Yoshin Barnabas, 3rd year Medicine.

Ferini Dayal, MBBCH student, said that this made it seem like a silent rave movie.

The medical students believed that this flash mob helped main campus students to see them in a different light. “It’s a good opportunity to show everyone else that medical students are capable of being a little bit more eccentric than people think we are,” said Barnabas.

“Everybody thought we were a bunch of weirdos,” said Saira Carim, MBBCH student. This flash mob may have seemed strange to those who were not participating, but overall students agreed that it had been an incredible experience.