set your goals and dance



Just For Fun Dance Party Vancouver

Something you should know about Thea, one of our Vancouver educators, is that she loves to dance for fun. For her, a successful party is simply not complete without a sweet, sweet dance floor. She tells us how her passion for dance (and a belief that it can bring communities together) led her to a series of Big, Hairy, Audacious Goals and a future date with Ellen.

I lost touch with dance in any sort of formal way after I finished school. It wasn’t until my sister’s wedding, 3 years later, that my passion was reignited with the brilliant plan of creating a flash mob as a gift! I choreographed a ridiculous routine to Beyonce’s ‘Put a Ring On It’ and made a step-by-step instructional video. The guests learned the steps prior to the wedding and busted it out an hour into the reception. It was awesome! The next winter, during Vancouver's Olympics, 5000 spectators watched as a 3000 strong flash mob danced my choreographed routine up and down Robson St. This second success gave me a new sense of energy, momentum and purpose (and an opportunity to set some goals.).

 

setting big hairy audacious goals

Focusing on my strengths and my passion for dance, I set my first BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal): I create an online instructional dance choreography business by January 2011.

It felt scary, foreign and ridiculous to create a business out of thin air. That, by the way, is how you know a goal is a BHAG. If it scares the crap out of you or seems impossible, it is a BHAG. It's been a year of huge learning, perseverance and patience but I have successfully created my business, Just For Fun Dance Party, and can check that BHAG off the list.

Of course there is always another juicy one waiting around the corner. My current BHAG gets me excited every time I think about it: the Vancouver Bust Out! It's an opportunity for Vancouverites to get together and create a unique and hilarious experience. A Bust Out is like a flash mob but it's NOT a secret. The goal is to engage with our greater community and do something just for the sake of fun!

the bold declaration

  • 500+ Vancouverites participate in the Vancouver Bust Out on July 23rd during the Khatsahlano Music Fest.
  • Ellen DeGeneres sees the video of the Bust out on youtube and invites me to teach her and her audience the dance. (I've assigned you a special ring tone, Ellen).

join in

Come join in the fun and bring all of your friends and family. We dare you all to try learning the first few moves and NOT giggle. Check out  justforfundanceparty.com or find the Just For Fun Dance Party Facebook page so you can learn the moves at home.

Or come practice in person with Thea. Here is the schedule of rehearsals for the Bust Out! happening on July 23rd:

  • Wed July 13 from 8- 9pm @ lululemon West 4th (2113 W 4th Ave)
  • Wed July 20 from 8- 9pm @ lululemon West 4th (2113 W 4th Ave)
  • Fri July 22 from 7:15- 9:15 @ Semperviva Kits Beach (2201 W 4th Ave).

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Are there videos on the net for the flash mob that took place during the Olympics? I found a few where the mob was grooving to ‘Dancing in the Street’- was this Thea’s endeavour? What a great BHAG! Hoping lulu posts a video of the flash mob at the Khatsahlano Music Fest :) Very inspiring!! Thanks for sharing Thea and I hope to see you on Ellen!!

Comment by Anil N. Singh — July 14, 2011 @ 5:34 am


Ready to bust out with you and 498 of our closest friends Thea! xx

Comment by Julia — July 14, 2011 @ 8:54 am


This is SO AWESOME!!! I’m inspired :)

Comment by Katarina Arneric — July 17, 2011 @ 9:55 pm


Hey Anil,
There are other videos of the flash mob, like the one above. That particular flash mob was for the non-profit organisation, Imagine1Day http://www.imagine1day.org

Thea helped them out with it and created the dance for them. The song was ‘dancing in the street’, I think I still remember some of the moves too! It was truly an amazing event. If you ever have an opportunity to be a part of one, do it!

~Jenna

Comment by GEC Online Community — July 18, 2011 @ 10:05 am


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