One of the things that Sheffield Slings loves to do is interact with the public, and show just how wonderful slinging can be. This is why we meet up all the time, everywhere, morning, afternoon, weekends, big groups and small. But what we love best, is making fools of ourselves to music… so today, several of us joined forces with Beth from Zumba Fitness and Chris and Lucy from BabyCalm and ToddlerCalm to enjoy a Zumba FLASHMOB!!
Picture the scene. A busy sunny shopping day in Barkers Pool in Sheffield, people going about their various businesses, and then a cheerful enthusiastic redhead jumps up and starts yelling. People look around, what’s going on? Suddenly, music starts up and the redhead starts dancing. There’s a bit of a stunned stillness, and then, look, someone else bites the bullet and runs up, and joins in! that makes two dancing away. And then, look, there’s a third one passing by who stops and turns and joins in. Oh, look, there’s a mama with a baby on her back in a sling! That’s a pretty sling.. oh, another one! Another one! Wow, all these strangers just dancing randomly together in a public square!
In the end, there must have been 40 or 50 people Zumba dancing. We had quite a crowd of onlookers, quite a few noticing the babies on our backs/fronts. Some had fallen asleep from the rhythmic bouncing, others were eagerly kicking their legs and squealing, everyone had a great time, even if people weren’t perfectly co-ordinated… it was clearly popular as people on the fringes were tentatively joining in and then bursting into life!
After about five minutes, everyone stopped and suddenly the square was a quieter, darker place..
However… if you’d been resting your feet in Devonshire Green half an hour later, you’d have seen the same thing happening again! More music, more flashmob fun, that just melted away (in our case, to a local cafe for coffees/icecreams etc).
Here is the video of the mob!
It was so much fun! We’ll be doing that again, you can be sure. It was ace to be able to participate in something like this, we had the freedom to dance and then melt away, knowing our children were safely close to us, sleeping or bouncing in delight.
If you’d like to get involved in things like this, or would like to know more about slinging and its benefits, want some advice, or just want to meet like-minded parents and make friends, get in touch! Our FB group is here… do come and join us, we’d love to meet you!