BYU’s Young Ambassadors kick off, dance off and sing off as Homecoming approaches.
Amid a sea of people, draped head-to-toe in fluorescent clothing — pinks, blues and greens — the energy was high. Colorful helium balloons, big smiles and enthusiastic high fives greeted onlookers at The Shops at Riverwoods on Friday, Oct. 10, as BYU’s Young Ambassadors and other volunteers turned out in large numbers to dance and sing along at the performance group’s first-ever flash mob music video.
The Young Ambassadors organized the dance routine in just two practices over a week-long period. The group used its Facebook page and word of mouth to encourage as many people as possible to participate in this Homecoming music video.
The Young Ambassadors performed several pieces as a thank you to all those who showed their support at Riverwoods. As the song “Man in the Mirror” ended, hundreds of balloons were released, and the audience erupted into cheers.
The song was chosen because of its international significance and powerful meaning. Soloist Elijah Thomas spoke to the audience after the performance about making changes.
“If you can’t make it to Homecoming events this week, you should go home, take a look at your calendar and then make the change,” he joked.
Jessa Cunningham, a sophomore majoring in theater, was among the flash mob spectators.
“I thought it was nice; it was fun. I like how they came and brought it to the community. I thought that was cool,” Cunningham said.
The Homecoming flash mob music video was a hit at The Shops at Riverwoods, made evident by the onlookers snapping, clapping and smiling as the group performed.
The video will be posted on the Young Ambassadors YouTube page on Monday, Oct. 13, and will be ready to view at Tuesday’s opening ceremonies Oct. 14.