Wednesday, March 13, 2013
At 11:45 a.m. on March 6 about 50 people were standing around casually in clusters of threes, fours and fives while leaning on empty shopping carts between the front entrance and the deli inside the Publix supermarket near Cane Bay Plantation in Berkeley County.
The seemingly normal scene was about to become surreal.
Precisely at Noon, J.R. Van Vechten pressed the “play” button of a stereo by the flower display and led a group of 25 residents from the Del Webb community in a surprise line dance flash mob.
They danced three rows deep to the tune of “Mama Maria.” Some dancers subbed in and out for the second line dance that accompanied “Florida Boogie.”
The two dances lasted for total of about seven minutes.
Surprised and bewildered customers took in the strange situation. Immediately after the dances the group made up of mostly Del Webb Line Dance Club members scattered about the supermarket and soon all was back to normal.
Van Vechten, the Del Webb Line Dance Club president, said he picked two dances everyone could do. The event was fun, he said with a smile.
He did not tell anyone aside from the dancers about the event, but said he suspects word of mouth brought out a crowd of about 50 onlookers.
Van Vechten and his wife teach line dancing at Del Webb, a gated community for active seniors located off Cane Bay Boulevard.