PNT staff writer
Portales Senior Citizens Center Director Dawn Kryder waved her hands in the air as four members of the center followed suit.
ladies, get ready to rock the baby four times," she yelled to her
partners, swinging her arms downward and going into a rocking motion
JoAnn Gilbert, 67, wheeled her oxygen tank forward,
performing the dance moves to "If I Could Turn Back Time" with as much
energy as anyone else in the room, maybe even more.
"Can you believe it? That I'm actually doing a flash mob with oxygen," Gilbert said to her counterparts, laughing.
said she has been wanting to get local residents together for a flash
mob for years and decided that the seniors at the center were the ideal
"When I see them on TV, it's the faces of the people all
around them that I notice," Kryder said. "The dancers look passionate
and the audience, whether young or old, have joy on their faces. During
the few minutes that flash mob is going on, no one there is thinking
about their problems. That's what it's all about."
Kryder said she has never seen a flash mob of senior citizens before, but she figured there's a first time for everything.
So far, there are four people involved but Kryder said she has promises from two other center members to join.
not just limited to seniors," Kryder said. "Anyone is welcome to join
for it. I think the more people who see us do it, the more will want to
Kryder said she doesn't mind telling people it's
happening so more will become involved, but when and where it will take
place, she's not saying, because otherwise, it wouldn't be a flash mob.
Kryder's group was enthusiastic Wednesday as they studied YouTube videos to learn new dance moves.
"I just couldn't tell her no," said 66-year-old Geralyn Million, laughing. "I'm a little embarrassed but it's fun."
very excited," added Rita Zapata, 65. "I love senior citizens because
I'm one of them and I'll do anything to help them out."
said the group has already performed two impromptu trial runs during a
barbecue at Heartland Health Care Center and at one of the senior
She said the audience at both performances gave positive responses to the performances.
"Look out and beware," Kryder said, laughing. "We're coming."