The Harmony Project, a mulitcultural philanthropy-based choir based in Columbus, Ohio, is partnering with the local community to present a unique twist on the flash dance at the new Columbus Commons downtown on Tuesday.
Instead of the choreographed flash dances that have taken over YouTube and were recently featured on Glee and Modern Family, The Harmony Project is just asking its 150-member choir and the outlying community to meet them at the Commons to join in song. According to the Flash Choir’s Facebook page, their expecting 1,000 participants.
They’ll be belting the country version of Lady Gaga’s hit song “Born This Way” and afterwards the regular dance version will play and participants are invited to freestyle dance to the music.
The event is being sponsored by Equality Ohio, Outlook Media, Stonewall Columbus, The Creative Good, Ozone Studios, Ares Sportswear and Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream. The event will be video recorded and 10TV will also be flying above the park to get aerial shots of the crowd. The first 1,000 participants will receive a free t-shirt and Jeni’s will be passing out free ice cream sandwiches.
The Flash Choir kicks off at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 14. Participants are asked to arrive between 5:30 and 5:55. You don’t have to know the words to the entire song to participate, but the organizers would like you to know the chorus. (See video below.) The event’s organizers are also promising that the video recording will be available the same night and is encouraging everyone to share it on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter or any other social media, to promote acceptance and individuality and the city of Columbus.
The Harmony Project operates on the motto “Sing. Serve. Share.” and has become a philanthropic force in Columbus. They’re mostly known for their sold-out concerts at the Lincoln Theatre, but they’ve also raised thousands of dollars just over the past couple years for various local organizations including the Mid-Ohio Food Bank, City of Columbus, Columbus Hope for Haiti and the FCCS Holiday Wish Program just to name a few. Their last concert, “Lift Every Voice,” was in May and was aimed specifically at raising funds to end homelessness in Columbus. The Harmony Project’s directors say the “I Was Born This Way” Flash Choir is “about lifting your voice, making a statement, and encouraging others to celebrate individuality and common ground.”