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Flash mob on Main
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About 18 dancers made up a flash mob at the Turlock Certified Farmers Market on Saturday (JOE CORTEZ/The Journal).

A flash mob broke out at the intersection of Main and Thor streets during the Turlock Certified Farmers Market on Saturday, entertaining spectators with an array of dance moves.

The flash mob — a large public gathering during which people perform a seemingly random act and then disperse as if nothing unusual just happened — featured 18 dancers and was the combined effort of the Alegria Performing Arts Academy and the Artistic Repertoire Theater Collaboration.

Christina Rhoads, artistic director/choreographer for the A.R.T. CO-LAB, thought the event was a success.

“One hundred percent, yes,” said Rhoads. “The next several things we’re working on is something at the Carnegie Arts Center in October, and we’re working with (Turlock Downtown Property Owners Association executive director) Travis Regalo for a Christmas show during the tree-lighting event. And we might have another flash mob in the spring or summer of next year.”

Part of Saturday’s choreography called for the dancers to recruit an unsuspecting member of the audience to dance with the mob, and then return to them to the audience after a few moments.

“One lady never went back into the audience,” said Rhoads. “She figured out the dance moves and kept on dancing. She kind of blew us away.”

For more information about the A.R.T. CO-LAB, or to donate, call Rhoads at 209-262-8347.