Video of the Month: The Surprise of a Lifetime
July 2, 2015

Congratulations to Pavan Thimmaiah, our Editors’ Choice for the Dance Teacher Video of the Month!

In this video, professional dancers from Thimmaiah’s company at PMT Dance Studio in New York City rehearse for a flash mob on NBC’s “Today Show.” During rehearsals, Thimmaiah prepared dancers for the elements of the performance that would be out of his control. The unpredictability of flash mobs is part of the fun, he says, but it takes planning. (The dancers also had to keep a secret—the performance was a surprise proposal for one of the dancers!)

Thimmaiah got the dimensions of the performance area to mark the amount of space the dancers would have on the studio floor and made sure they knew they’d be dancing on a concrete, cobblestone-like surface. “We even practice without music,” he says. “Sometimes, you’re in a space where you won’t be able to hear your sound at all, and dancers have to be able go off of a starting cue.” Luckily, this flash mob—and surprise proposal—went off perfectly. 

Want to build buzz about your studio, workshop or class? Posting videos to the Dance Teacher Video of the Month Contest is quick, easy and free. If your video is selected as Editors’ Choice, you’ll be featured on this page, in DT’s newsletter and on our web and social-media pages! Visit to share your videos and vote for your favorites.

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