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So you think you can flashdance? Yes, you can

Christmas is over; New Year’s forgotten. So what’s next? Like we don’t know! Of course, it’s Mardi Gras. And as if king cake, parades, bead catching and costuming were not enough, dancer Kenneth “Kynt” Bryan has come up with another way to celebrate the Carnival season: the Mardi Gras Mambo Flashmob.

If you’ve always secretly wished you could be part of a pop-up public event, one that shows you at your choreographed best, in the company of others who all look fabulous, dressed to the nines and step perfect, then this is the gig for you. Kynt welcomes young or old, singles or couples, with 10 kids or no kids to an eight-week session taking place in the Music and Communications Building of Loyola University each Sunday through February 23, in collaboration with Loyola University’s Preparatory Arts Program.

“Routines usually last about five minutes,” explains the tall, dancer-skinny Loyola Ballet alumnus. “More than that gets boring.”

The music, he adds, is a blast from the past. “Sure, we’ll do Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ and ‘Beat It’,” he says. But there will also be music and routines around a Mardi Gras theme. Will he tell what that is?

“Oh no, I can’t tell you that. But I can tell you that (local designer/director) Carl Walker is working on the costumes.”

One thing Kynt assures all is that “it will be fun, adventurous, maybe a little challenging for some, but I guarantee everyone will have a good time.”

Before it landed at Loyola University, the Mardi Gras Mambo Flashmob met at the New Orleans Dance Academy. Now growing in number -- last season it had more than 40 participants broken into three separate classes -- Kynt still gives each dancer serious personal attention. This year, in addition to the new routines, he plans to add some new secret venues to last year's spontaneous events, which included dancing on the steps of City Hall and at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.

“We are going to return to a lot of last year’s venues,” he says. “But this year we’re including a Mardi Gras ball and there will be some other impromptu venues.” And while he steadfastly won’t disclose the Carnival theme of this year’s flashmob, he does urge those who might be longtime, really secret wishful dancers to “come out of the closet and dance.”

The cost is $100 per person for the entire session or $13 per individual class. For information or to register, email [email protected].


Sharon Litwin is president of NolaVie. Email her at [email protected]