‘Mistake’ shuts down Zumba flash mob

by Bradley Hartsell

Last Friday, a Zumba flash mob broke out, then dismantled, then reassembled. The event was planned and coordinated by Sarah Kim, an instructor at Bodyplex in Newnan.

Kim and her classmates turned out in front of the Regal Cinemas decked in bright yellow shirts, workout pants and lots of enthusiasm.

Kim set up an iPod stereo dock with a 10-minute song from a Texas DJ queued up for the dance demonstration.

Right at 7 p.m., Kim hit play and the group went into their practiced routine. However, halfway through, an Ashley Park security guard arrived and ordered Kim to shut everything down.

Kim kept calm (and dancing) and showed the security guard the written permission she had gotten on her cell phone.

The guard made a call to confirm permission had been granted.

Not only did he let them set back up, he laughed at his mistake, apologized and hung around while the group re-started.

“Now I feel like a jerk,” the security guard said, embarrassed.

He explained that the security guard who had known of the Zumba flash mob had a medical emergency and never passed the message to the security team that evening.

The snafu made for several minutes of uncomfortable confusion for spectators, many of whom were taking pictures and videos on their phones.

Kim diffused the prickly situation as quickly and efficiently as possible. She promptly restarted the DJ mix and laughed the whole thing off afterwards.

Kim has danced her whole life and has been a Zumba instructor for the past two years.

A native of Korea, Kim says she enjoys the multi-cultural appeal of the Colombian fitness dance represented in her own flash mob, which included dancers from Germany, Colombia and the Philippines.

“I love to connect with people and that’s what I love about Zumba,” Kim said after a sweaty 10-minute dance in the sun.

At the end of it all, the mobsters and security were able to put the issue aside. Security officers stuck around to watch, cracked jokes and chatted with participants and spectators.

To Kim, there was never an issue to begin with.

She took the incident in stride and found just as much joy in her Zumba flash mob as she had planned all along.

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