London Flashmob – Dance the Dream

On 28th August, 2013, over a hundred Olympic and Paralympic volunteers were invited by the English National Ballet to join them in commemorating the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

Led by Jenna Lee, choreographer and English National Ballet soloist, rehearsals took place at the English National Ballet’s Markova House, near the Royal Albert Hall, in central London, the weekend before the performance. The Flash Mob itself took place at Potters Fields alongside the River Thames, from 6pm to 8pm, on the 28th August, and was broadcast on the large screens at New York’s Times Square at 8pm as part of the celebrations.

The mission of Dance the Dream is to demonstrate the creative dynamism of cultural diversity, to build stronger communities based on mutual understanding and respect, and to inspire and empower the next generation to follow in the foot steps of Martin Luther King, Jr. and change the world. Photo (c) Andrew Forey 2013

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Photo (c) Vilma Laryea 2013

Dance the Dream was also performed in Atlanta, Australia, Beirut, Boston, Cape Town, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Paris, Shanghai, and Singapore.

Dance the Dream is a featured presentation of THE DREAM@50, which is produced by Richard Karz in partnership with the United Nations (Academic Impact, DPI), UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), YouTube, International Theatre Institute, Global Arts Link, Americans for the Arts, Dance/USA, National Dance Educatio Organization, National Education Association, National Art Education Association, National Council of Teachers of English, National Council for the Social Studies, Arts Schools Network, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Dance Camera West, and the Dance Films Association.