MIDTOWN: Flash mob takes over Piedmont Park

7:12 PM, Aug 20, 2011   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- A substitute dance teacher and her former dance instructor choreographed a three-minute long dance to surprise people at Piedmont Park's Arts festival.

Nicole Locklear contaced 11Alive early last week to let us know about the flash mob, but had strict instructions not to ruin the surprise.

"We've been preparing for about three months now," said Locklear.

It was a true social media phenomenon. "We used Facebook to get the message out, it spread. People started joining and people started teaching their friends."

Locklear also taught performers the dance through YouTube videos. They also practiced at the Chinese Cultural Center.

On Saturday, she and about 20 others danced to Usher's "More," Katy Perry's "Firework," and even NSync's hit of the 90's, "Bye Bye Bye." They danced near the entrance of the park at 10th St. and Charles Allen Dr.

"I'm really happy with how it went. We had a nice crowd, a lot of friends came out," said Locklear. "I met a lot of really cool people through the process and I hope we brought smiles to some of the people at the festival."

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