- July 10, 2012
- By: Sharon Watterson
Tall Ships 2012 was more than just historic four-masted barques and highly-trained sailing crews celebrating the bicentennial of the War of 1812 in Newport, RI. It was dancing. As thousands traveled from across the United States to view a dozen magnificent ships, the Ocean State Tall Ships Committee had a surprise in store for the masses of festival visitors. Jackie Henderson, the founder and choreographer of international dance troupe, OFF THE CURB, created a flash mob event for the State Pier. The instant entertainment, complete with music and video cameras, brought the crowded pier alive in celebration of the Tall Ships event.
As the Tall Ships paraded up Narragansett Bay and under the Pell Bridge yesterday, pass their adoring crowds on the shores of Newport, and then out to sea, the celebration ended but not without jubilant memories of centuries-old ships, bright blue Newport skies, and dancing.
“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” Howard Thurman, from AbleMindBody.com
Jackie Henderson, trained in Los Angeles, has toured the world and now owns annd operates Able Mind and Body on Aquidneck Avenue in Middletown, Rhode Island.