Whimsy: Flashmob Moscow edition

One of the most exuberant and elaborate flashmobs I have ever seen, done by the side of a frozen river, to the tune of Puttin’ on the Ritz:


Hundreds of dancers joined together in Moscow on 26.02.2012 to perform together a great flashmob of “Puttin’ on the Ritz”, a popular song written and published in 1929 by Irving Berlin, and introduced by Harry Richman in the musical film Puttin’ on the Ritz (1930). The title derives from the slang expression “putting on the Ritz” meaning to dress very fashionably. The expression was inspired by the swanky Ritz Hotel.
Enjoy !

Other versions of this video claim that it was all done to surprise the bride & groom who show up about halfway through, although in that case I wonder how they appeared to know the dance at the end. Perhaps they just thought their friends were planning something much, much smaller for the wedding reception?

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10 replies

  1. For the astronomy enthusiasts:


  2. One of my favourite flash mobs – Sound of Music
    “Putting on the Ritz” made me smile and tear up a little. What fun!

  3. @annabelcrabb: Mr Abbott promises that, as PM, he will never whine about being discriminated against because he is a man.
    @grogsgamut: White man says he won’t complain about being a white man. Seriously, is The Onion writing Abbott’s media talking points now?

    Somedays I love my Twitter feed.

  4. baby yoga instructor, super cute!


  5. That Baby yoga instructor is brilliant, Arcadia!
    As for ‘Putting on the Ritz’, I first saw (and loved) this a few months ago and alerted some friends at the time – great to see it again! Has to be the best flashmob video around at the moment. Apart from the title dig at Putin, there’s also a few subtle political sendups too, like the sinister man with mobile at 1:58 (innocent observer or what??) and the dancing Spetsnaz soldiers.
    Here’s my contribution, which came in my email tody. Gorgeous table-turning sendup of BandAid. Enjoy.
    <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJLqyuxm96k&feature=player_embeddedhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJLqyuxm96k&feature=player_embedded</a&gt;

  6. Good flash mobs always make me cry.

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