Performance at Memorial City Mall goes viral on YouTube
HOUSTON, TX---They danced for five minutes...and then watched their performance on-line with tens of thousands of others.
Thirty residents and ten employees of Eagle's Trace, the Erickson Living retirement community in West Houston, surprised shoppers at Memorial City Mall with an organized flash mob to the music of "The Wobble" in May.
Donning their white Eagle's Trace t-shirts and black pants, the dancers put on their best moves before an appreciative audience.
Eagle's Trace resident Marilyn Black choreographed the routine with the support of Bonnie Neal, catering manager for the retirement community.
The former resident of Katy was eager to show the world that the residents were up to the challenge. "Some of our dancers didn't know what a flash mob was, but they were eager to learn and have fun," described Mrs. Black. "Bonnie suggested that we do 'The Wobble.' I researched the steps for it and made some modifications for our performance."
The eight rehearsals to prepare for the flash mob were a natural for Mrs. Black, who along with two other residents, teaches line dancing at Eagle's Trace.
The video of the flash mob was posted on YouTube on May 22nd and within days had gone viral.
"The fact that so many people have seen it really demonstrates the power of technology and social media," noted Mrs. Black. "Reading the positive feedback proves the whole point. We came to Eagle's Trace to live to the fullest."
The group from Eagle's Trace hopes to bring their talent to other locations in the Houston area. As Mrs. Black predicts, "they ain't seen nothing yet!"
The video of the Eagle's Trace flash mob can be viewed on YouTube at http://youtu.be/ArbTtgwdCk4.
About Eagle's Trace: Eagle's Trace, managed and developed by Erickson Living, is a retirement community that provides worry-free living for America's seniors-the country's fastest growing population segment. Erickson Living's financial value and predictable monthly service fees provide residents across the country financial peace of mind. Comprehensive health and wellness services, integrated into our continuum of care, lead to demonstrated resident benefits. A robust complement of resident programs and facilities promote an engaged, fulfilling lifestyle that is reflected in resident satisfaction levels that exceed the industry average. For more information, please visit www.ericksonliving.com.