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Flash Mob at Dubuque's Roshek Building

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

People eating lunch Tuesday at Dubuque's Roshek Building were in for a big surprise: a flash mob took the lobby by storm!

More than 50 people gathered to perform the dance they'd been practicing since June 30.

Onlookers said they enjoyed the unexpected show.

"They did an awesome job," spectator Roxane Tharp said. "Very spontaneous, very choreographed. It was very fun. Something we don't typically see on our lunch break."

"We had this show. Some people from IBM, they are dancing," Shadi Dawood said, as he finished his lunch.

"I walked out of the elevators just when this started. I thought it was for me, for just a minute," Jeremy Groce said, smiling. "It's exciting to see my co-workers dancing over their lunch break."

"We were just eating lunch, and it just broke out into song and dance. It was kind of fun," Theresa Harrier said.

Participants said they had a blast.

"It's been on my bucket list for a long time," flash mobber Joan Boughton said. "I love watching flash mobs on YouTube, and so I wanted to be in one!"

"It was just a great time," dance steps instructor Pam Connolly said. "I just appreciate everyone who committed to doing this and helping and making it just as fun for me as I hope they had fun themselves, too."

"We had some friends in Chicago who did this flash mob at Buckingham Fountain," coordinator Scott Theisen said. "We just heard about it and thought, 'This is just so much fun. Why don't we just bring it to Dubuque?'"

He said he invited employees of the Roshek Building's tenants to join in on the mob, including people from IBM, Cafe Manna Java and his own business, Body and Soul Wellness Center and Spa.

"And then we thought, 'As long as we're doing all this, let's do it as a fundraiser,'" Theisen said.

Each participant paid a fee to take part in the flash mob. All the money raised - more than $400 - is going to the Dubuque Art Center.

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