[ By Samantha Tan ]
What we call unexpected but planned surprises that radiate contagious energy to everyone in the precinct, bringing about uncontainable joy and excitement.
And what are the odds that one of these flashmobs happened in Taylor’s University Lakeside Campus itself?
On 29 April 2015, a common Wednesday afternoon where the unpredictable seemed unlikely, Taylorians crowded at strategic spots near the University Square after having noticed musical instruments arranged ostensibly in view, which is NOT a routine thing, I might add. Students started herding up in front of Temptations, Coffee Bean, the main entrance, even near the Square itself under the scorching sun, with question marks hovering above their heads, clueless about what might happen. The emergence of signs with “ETC.” written on them, and the appearance of photographers and DSLRs mounted on tripods did nothing but make the urge to know grow stronger. As though adding to the suspense, there was no evidence of what would be going on, and all they could see were musicians walking around with their respective instruments in hand.
…until suddenly, at 1:20pm, the heartthrob of Taylor’s University Music Club, singer-songwriter Sid Murshid, took the microphone and greeted all the lovely people on campus. Needless to say, the cheering started. The band played their rendition of Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars, as the warmly welcomed singer provided his amazing vocals to lead. Students exclaimed “Uptown funk!” in a tone of enthusiasm as more and more of them came together to witness the performance.
As students slowly digested what was going on, out came the group of cool kids from Taylor’s University Dance Club, clad in black, entering the scene with their smooth dance moves that made passers–by’s heads turn, sending viewers into awe once again. The collaboration of both clubs were synchronized – dance moves followed the song beat by beat. The dancers played around with interesting and well-organised formations, leaving others to question just how much time they put in to achieve such order. The energy delivered by both clubs created such an energising harmony, it was hard to contain the overflowing charisma.
The song neared its end, and the dancers began showing some eye-opening acts, such as the dance solo by the lead dancer, Beatrice Tan, or better known as Beat, who managed to drive some to stop and stare with her seemingly natural lead in the centre of the dancers’ formation. At the end, the dancers struck distinct ‘swagger’ poses as the drummer hit his last beat, earning thunderous cheers from audiences all around.
Following this finale, viewers still found it difficult to leave the site, probably a lingering effect of the breath-taking performance put up by Taylor’s University’s much-loved Music Club (TUMC) and the dashing dance club (TUDC), delivering a captivating show, all part of the opening act to ETC. Magazine’s upcoming print magazine launch, set in May!
Do stay tuned for more information of the print magazine launch, as we have many engrossing activities to be held on the day of the event itself!
Don’t believe it? Just watch!