Have you ever watched a viral video of a flash mob and wished you had been a part of it? Would you jump at the chance to limp through downtown Greenville in full Zombie fashion? Are you a child of the ’80s and have been dying to learn the “Thriller” dance?
If you said “YES!” to any of these questions, your opportunity is here!
Whether you want to use this as a fun couples activity or include the kids, we have the info you’ll need to participate in this flash mob event that starts rehearsals on October 3rd, 2023.
Carolina Dance Collaborative: “Thrilling” Downtown Greenville With Their Annual Flash Mob
Carolina Dance Collaborative, a 501c3 non-profit mobile dance outreach organization, was founded by Alyson Amato and Kelsey Crum in 2015. The two women saw a need for dance in the community to be accessible to everyone and brought it to the Upstate in a mobile fashion.
CDC performs many flash mobs throughout the year, including CDC & Swamp Rabbit Cafe and Grocery staff at their 80’s Prom Fundraiser, the Pickens County Disability and Special Needs Board at an upcoming event, as well as their Adaptive Christmas Flash Mob opening the Christmas Parade each year. Outdoor flash mobs are a large part of their organization’s vision, in seeing the community come together through dance. This newly formed flash mob brings all their student groups together, fulfills their community collaboration mission, and values all people as artists. Additionally, they are bringing together dancers & non-dancers alike for an Inclusive Thriller-themed flash mob this October.
CDC established an adaptive branch of their organization that teaches individuals, child through adult, with disabilities. This branch reaches special education classrooms in Greenville County High Schools and autism therapy clinics, adult day service facilities, and more. Kelsey and Alyson wanted their adaptive component to intermingle with their YMCA, after-school, and adult through senior-citizen branches to create a place where all feel welcomed and accepted; a position where different kinds of people, regardless of their abilities, can have fun together through dance.
You Can Be a Part of the Flash Mob, Too!
In past years, over 100 people of all ages and abilities participated in this free event!
All people, ages six and up, regardless of their ability, are encouraged to join in on the fun. Participation is free; they only ask that each participant commits to being present for the rehearsals and the performance.
- October 3rd – Rehearsal | 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM at Kroc Center
- October 10th – Rehearsal | 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM at Kroc Center
- October 17th – Rehearsal | 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM at Kroc Center
- October 26th – Performance | at Falls Park Prior to Moonlight Movie
- October 27th – Performance | at Boo in the Zoo- 6:30 pm
- October 28th- Performance | at TD Saturday Market, 10 to 10:30 am
Specific meeting time for performance will be given to performers at rehearsal
This video includes the routine from the 2018 CDC Thriller Flash Mob to give you an idea of what you will be doing if you participate.
Helping Behind The Scenes
If you are unable to participate, there are a few ways that you can still be a part of supporting this organization and its vision to see all people interact, understand, and embody the life-changing power of dance. If you are a makeup artist, photographer, and videographer who would like to donate your time and efforts, please reach out to CDC. This free project is only made possible through the support of donors and volunteers alike.
Contact Carolina Dance Collaborative to find out what they need from the community to make this year’s Thriller Flash Mob even better!
Carolina Dance Collaborative
Mobile Dance Outreach!
501c3 Non-Profit Organization – P.O. Box 5432, Greenville | 864.315.3732
Have you always dreamed of doing the Thriller dance? Now is your chance!