I have just returned from the Ohio Association for the Education of Young Children's annual event, the Ohio Early Care & Education Conference in Columbus. I helped to plan a flash mob dance which would "interrupt" the Keynote presentation by Holly Elissa Bruno and Luis Hernandez – both very fun people who love to dance. Their Keynote yesterday morning (Saturday, April 21) was entitled Laughter and Joy: Modeling the Best of Who We Are. On a pre-arranged cue, a group of us ran up on the stage and began dancing to Taio Cruz's "Dynamite." The volunteer participants had all put in many hours learning and practicing the dance in the months leading up to the conference.
I decided to use this blog post to display some of the photos from the dance (sent to me in record time by Beri Tiffany-Smith and taken by her husband). The message of the Keynote was to encourage us all to discover many ways to bring fun into our lives. I have a favorite quote, and it is apropos to this event: "There are short cuts to happiness, and for me dancing is one of them" (Vicki Baum). Clark Kugler, of The Adventurous Child, was one of the participants. After the dance, he said he was very glad he had done it, as dancing in a flash mob happened to be one of the items on his bucket list!
I want to thank all of the energetic and spirited participants who danced in front of a very large and enthusiastic audience, I want to thank Beri Tiffany-Smith for all of her help throughout the months of preparation, and I also want to acknowledge the talented and exciting speakers, Holly Elissa Bruno and Luis Hernandez who graciously "loaned" us some of their speaking time for our dance. Finally, I want to thank all of the organizers and participants of OAEYC -- you rock!