The dance, which combined aspects of acrobatics and yoga, took three months to prepare. The dance, which combined aspects of acrobatics and yoga, took three months to prepare. The dance, which combined aspects of acrobatics and yoga, took three months to prepare. (Photo: Eyal Bar)

Flash mob wows crowd with acrobatic yoga

Acroyoga instructor's video goes viral and is on track to reach half a million views.

Imagine hanging out at a public square downtown, minding your own business. You're relaxing at an outdoor cafe and then, without warning, dozens of people break out into a coordinated dance. You've just witnessed a flash mob.

The latest example of the popular trend occurred in downtown Tel Aviv, a thriving metropolis in Israel, when 150 dancers combined acrobatics and yoga (called Acroyoga) in a dazzling display for passersby. You can see what happened next in the video below:

The team behind this flash mob included 28-year-old Ofir Gothlif, an Acroyoga instructor and massage therapist in Israel. With the help of director Talia Naggar, and their friend Yuval who produced, Gothlif spent three months planning the video and its choreography. The flash mob was filmed at Habima Square at the intersection of four major boulevards in the heart of Tel Aviv as the song "All Night" by Austrian musician Parov Stelar played in the background. A drone flying overhead captured the action.

In the end, the dance caught on film took less than five minutes to perform, and they got everything they needed on the first take. The video already has more than 315,000 views since it was shared on Facebook on Tuesday. One YouTube commenter called it "the most amazing thing ever."

A drone flies over the crowd of over 100 people at Habima Square.A drone flies over the crowd of about 100 people at Habima Square. (Photo: Ziv Koren)

The dancers was surprised that their video went viral. "I never created a project so big that spread out so fast," Gothlif, an alum of Tel Aviv University, told From The Grapevine this morning.

Gothlif hopes the increased exposure brings new audiences to this specific genre of dancing. "One of the most amazing things about Acroyoga is really about the simple connection, the independent connection that occurs so naturally between the people," Gothlif explained. "It's part of a larger movement that's happening in Israel and around the world. It's a reminder that we're all so alike. It's a beautiful movement."

Some of the dancers pose for a photo after the big event.Some of the dancers pose for a photo after the big event. (Photo: Eyal Bar)

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