Piper Byun, 2, the daughter of flashmob organizer Shelly Gilbride of the UC Davis Institute for Exploration in
Theatre, Dance and Performance, watches dancers twirl around her Wednesday evening in Central Park.
An estimated 200 people ranging in age from elementary schoolchildren to senior citizens danced to the beat of “Bang Bang,” played by Jenny Lynn and Her Real Gone Daddies.
Participants trained for a couple of weeks to present their two-minute performance. The dance moves have their roots in Davis: Gilbride asked random people on the street to strike a pose and first-year dancers to express their feelings in motion. She then took those movements and used them as the basis for her choreography.