Frequently Asked Questions

The Event

What is different about Shimmy Mob?

There are many differences. One of the things that differentiates Shimmy Mob from other dance flash mobs is that it takes place in multiple locations internationally on the same day, performing the same dance routine to the same music while wearing the same t-shirts. In some locations, it is performed as an unexpected flash mob, and in other areas, as a performance. Shimmy Mob performances are always in a public location for the general public to see. In all cases, to be an authentic Shimmy Mob, the dancers wear the official Shimmy Mob t-shirt that has the shimmymob.com logo. Videos and pictures of dancers at a specific Shimmy Mob event will be listed on this website, so if the dancers are not wearing our official t-shirt, it is not a Shimmy Mob event.

How does Shimmy Mob create change?

The reported statistics of domestic violence are very high. Studies show these numbers rising at an alarmingly rate ... including where you live.

We believe we can lower these statistics. Why do we believe this? Because we have done it already. We have had several individuals reach out to us over the years thanking us for helping them recognize and escape a dangerous situation. We can safely assume there were others.

More than ever, we now recognize that we can do even more. By creating awareness and putting a spotlight on the numerous signs and red flags that manifest themselves along the way, hopefully before a situation becomes irreversible. When these signs are unknown they go undetected, they are dismissed or they are justified. Once they are made known, they are key to making the difference.

It is awareness that will reduce the need for shelters, reduce the deaths as a result of domestic violence, and reduce cases of PTSD, depression, mental health issues, lack of motivation and productivity, low self-esteem and self-worth, and a whole lot more of the side effects that stem from it, affecting all those in its sphere. You see, abuse is not confined to just the abuser and the victims.

When we work together as one worldwide team, we become more visible to outside local communities, we spread the message farther and we therefore help other communities to do the same.

Together, we create an awareness rippling effect. The more people who participate, just by visibility alone, the more lives we potentially save.

Join us. Make a difference that can save a life.

What do I need to do to be part of Shimmy Mob?

Each dancer that participates in the Shimmy Mob performance MUST be registered through www.shimmymob.com and order the Shimmy Mob t-shirt. When you complete your registration, you gain access to the choreography instruction and breakdown. You will need to learn the dance, attend rehearsals as scheduled by your Team Leader and then perform on the Shimmy Mob designated event date.

How much dance experience do I need?

To make it accessible to as many people as possible, we try to make the choreography fun and easy to learn. We have added a second choreo that non-dancers should be able to learn and then particpate as a group.

What if I want to dance and can't afford to pay the registration fee?

In this case, we suggest finding a sponsor. There are small local businesses that would be happy to sponsor a great cause for such a minimal amount in exchange for marketing visibility. If you have someone fully sponsoring you, let us know; when they do, we will add their name or business to the sponsors page.

I really want to participate. How can I be part of Shimmy Mob if my city is not listed?

If your city is not listed, it means we are waiting for someone to take the lead and register as a Team Leader for your city. You have some options: you can choose to be the team leader in your city (please read the team leader guidelines and requirements), or you can find someone who would be interested in the role, or you can find the next closest Shimmy Mob to your area.

When is the May event?

We perform the dance on Saturday May 11, 2019. Registrations for this event end on March 31, 2019. Be sure to take advantage of the early bird discount (in effect until January 16, 2019).

Who can be part of Shimmy Mob?

Everyone is welcome to participate. We have women, men and children join us every year. Anyone who wants to be part of this event in any capacity and has officially registered can participate. You don't have to be a dancer to be involved. The dance is easily adaptable to less experienced dancers and we have a new, super easy dance option for those who have never danced before.

Registration

Why is the music not included as part of the registration fee?

As much as we would love to include the music, we are not licensed to sell music or authorized to distribute it (due to copyright laws). It is possible you already have the music in your repertoire. However, we have chosen to do the choreography to unedited music available on iTunes or other online platform (usually available for around one dollar; note that this money goes to the artists, not to Shimmy Mob).

I don't like to pay online; is there another payment method that I can use?

We do recommend that you register online; this allows us to process your order faster. However, if you need another payment method option, give us a call 604-722-9545. We'll do our best to work something out.

Can I register after the deadline?

We normally do not take registrations after deadline. Please make sure to register early so you don't miss out.

Why do I have to pay a registration fee?

There are multiple costs involved in organizing and running an event at a worldwide scale. The registration fee helps defer the cost of the t-shirt, the access to choreography instructional videos, plus the operating and administration fees of this worldwide event. 15%-25% of the registration fee is donated to shelters and the rest goes towards new programs that support survivors.

How much is the early bird rate and when is the deadline?

When you register before 1 January 2019, the fee is $30 for adults and $19 for youth (plus s&h). After that date, until registrations close on Sunday, 31 March 2019, the fee is $36 for adults and $26 for youth (plus s&h).

When is the last day I can register?

Registrations for the 2019 Shimmy Mob event close on Sunday, 31 March 2019, at midnight (PST).

Can I register a friend?

Yes, you can. Purchase a 'gift certificate' from the Shimmy Mob store and we will send the recipient the instructions of how to apply it to their registration.

Donations

How much of the event registration fee goes to charity?

Shimmy Mob is committed to transparency and communicates regularly with the participants in each community about donations and events to support the cause. The registration fee covers the official Shimmy Mob t-shirt, and all administration expenses and operating costs. There are multiple costs involved in organizing and running an event of this magnitude. To date, no portion of the registrations for the May event pays any salaries; the event is run 100% on a volunteer basis. In addition to raising awareness of resources (i.e., women’s and children’s shelters), Shimmy Mob donates 15-25% of registrations to shelters in participating areas. As we grow, each year we encounter new scenarios and it is impossible to foresee accurate costs but we continually aim to increase the percentage. The higher the number of participants worldwide, the greater the number of sponsors, the more we are able to donate.

Where does the team donation money go if a team does not select a local shelter?

The money will be used to support programs that help victims of abuse.

Team Leader role

Can I be a Team Leader if I am not a dancer?

Yes! As a team leader, you are in charge of organizing the event in your area ensuring that the event is a successful and an enjoyable experience for all involved. Many team leaders have participants from within the team assist in the practice of the dance.

What does being a Team Leader involve?

The city Team Leader is responsible for securing a location for the performance, for communicating with the dance community, and for working out the logistics. With the assistance of a good supporting local team and the involvement of your dance community, your event is a guaranteed success. As a registered Team Leader, the basic requirements are as follows:

1. Reach out to the community and invite participants to join the team.

2. Secure performance location.

3. Arrange rehearsals.

4. Maintain communication with your team and Shimmy Mob headquarters.

5. Distribute Shimmy Mob t-shirts to participants at one of the rehearsals.

What benefits are there to being a Team Leader?

Being a Team Leader takes some effort but the rewards are worth it. They include greater exposure in your local community (as well as worldwide), plus a free listing for you or your business on the Shimmy Mob website for at least a year. And you can develop your leadership skills at the same time.

Is it always the same Team Leader for the same city each time?

Each event is unique. Registrations are open to both new and returning Team Leaders. Signup for the Team Leader positions is on a "first come, first served" basis.

Who can be a Team Leader?

Anyone who is organized, follows the guidelines outlined and committed to making the event happen in their city can be a team leader.

The Dance

I have seen other groups doing flash mobs; how does one recognize a Shimmy Mob group?

Good Question! Shimmy Mob is easily identifiable as all the dancers in the group wear the official Shimmy Mob t-shirt (it includes the shimmymob.com URL). Note that the t-shirt is a different color every year; if you were part of a previous Shimmy Mob performance, your previous t-shirt will not work for the next event.

Can I see the dance first before committing?

We don't want to spoil the surprise and we also want to avoid copycats; therefore, we do not make the dance public before the event. Only paid registered dancers can see it. Once registered, you will receive the clear breakdown links to learning the choreography.

How can I learn the dance?

Once registered, you receive the choreography videos via a link online. The videos break down the dance so you can learn it on your own. Many team leaders and registered instructors offer free live rehearsal sessions. They can assist you.

Can I still dance at the scheduled Shimmy Mob performance if I don't have the t-shirt?

No, you cannot. Only paid registered dancers with the Shimmy Mob t-shirts are permitted to dance. Make sure to register to order yours. Through this same registration, you access the choreography and instructional videos.

Can I perform the official choreography after the worldwide event?

Yes! You can perform the dance as many times as you like as long as you give credit to the choreographer and to Shimmy Mob.

The T-shirt

Why a Shimmy Mob t-shirt? Why are we not wearing bellydance costumes for this event?

Here are a few reasons:

It shows the world you are part of the same worldwide team, dancing in the same event as the other participating cities.

It is an affordable and versatile item that can be modified and worn throughout the year by all who participate.

It is a lot more effective and memorable to the public for all to have the same outfit and be recognized as part of Shimmy Mob.

What do we wear for the performance?

On the established date, ALL participating dancers in the Shimmy Mob MUST wear the official Shimmy Mob t-shirt. Shimmy Mob will mail your t-shirt to your city Team Leader who will let you know when and where to pick it up. You will also be notified after you register on what the rest of the dress code is. You will not need to buy any additional items.

How do I make sure the t-shirt will be the right size?

We provide a chart with measurements as given to us from the supplier to ensure you order the correct size. Refer to the chart on your registration form before selecting the size. To match the size, measure ONLY the front part from seam to seam as indicated on the chart. There are two styles of shirts to choose from. The t-shirts are made of soft cotton and are a knit stretchy material. Be on the safe side and order a little bigger rather than smaller for the fitted styles. We want you to look good!

When should I expect to receive my Shimmy Mob t-shirt?

T-shirts for your team are sent to your local Team Leader. They typically arrive somewhere between two to eight days before the event. Because the t-shirts are customized for each event, we order t-shirts shortly after the registration deadline. It is at that moment that we have a total for the t-shirts needed (based on the number of registrants). It then takes a few weeks for the t-shirt to be printed, shipped out, and delivered around the world. Be sure to stay in touch with your Team Leader and arrange pick up times. All unclaimed t-shirts after the event are donated.

Can I buy an official Shimmy Mob t-shirt if I don't want to dance?

To get a t-shirt, without dancing, one can sign up as a 'Donation Only' or if you want to support in another capacity, you can choose to 'Volunteer'. For both cases, you would receive the official t-shirt at the same time as the rest of the team, a few days before the event takes place.

Youth Participation

Can minors participate?

Yes! We have many youth participate and we love having them in our team.

At what age can youth sign up?

All ages are welcome. There have been parents dancing with their baby carriers.

Does a parent/guardian have to also register, or can they just accompany?

Youth participation must be supervised by parent/guardian. Event registration is not required for supervisors.

How do I register a child?

Youth registrations are done the same way as for adults. Create an account for each child and register them under their own account. The system will automatically adjust registration fee when Youth size t-shirt is selected.

Why does a small child need his/her own account when they are too young to have an email address or even access the website to learn the dance? Can I register my child under my own account?

Each participant, regardless of age, requires a separate registration which requires its own individual account. For children that are too young and do not have an email address, parents/guardians use a secondary email address to create the account for the youth.

Can I just buy a t-shirt for my child through my account without going through an separate registration?

The official t-shirts are only provided to registered participants and cannot be purchased without registration for the event.

Happy Mobbers

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