WALLA WALLA - On Friday, a downtown flash mob made up of students of Whitman College and The Dance Center had to be moved across the street at the last minute, but did not call off their dancing because of the rain.
Flash mob organizer Idalee Hutson-Fish said she planned to stage the impromptu dance performance at Land Title Plaza, but at the last minute moved the impromptu event under the canopies along the north side of the Die Brcke building.
So customers of Macy's and Book & Game got to shop for shoes and books while watching 40 youths create a line of plis on the other side of the glass.
The flash mob started at noon, and a little over 10 minutes later it was over.
"We had more planned. We were going to do a circle dance and get more people involvement, but that didn't work out," Hutson-Fish said.
The main reason for holding the flash mob was to take part in the international Dance Anywhere day.
Since 2005, the Dance Anywhere association has organized simultaneous dancing across the globe.
In New York they danced at 3 p.m., in Barcelona at 9 p.m., in Hong Kong at 3 a.m., and in Walla Walla, rain or shine, Hutson-Fish's dancers did their part at noon.
"I thought ‘you know what, we are going to join in and my dancers are going to dance,'" she said.
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