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Flash Mob Dance Draws Crowd at SXM Airport

Surrounded by onlookers and travelers, flashmob dancers perform at SXM Airport Departure Hall (12/7/13) – part of the celebration of the 70th anniversary of Princess Juliana International Airport
(SXM Airport photo)

SIMPSON BAY, St. Maarten (Dec 8, 2013) For the second time this year, young dancers performed the flash mob dance, this time as part of the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM), which had kicked off on December 3, with the Anniversary Symposium at the Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa.

If the first flash mob dance took arriving passengers by surprise, last Saturday’s performance grabbed the attention of departing passengers and airport workers, although quite a number of visitors who had just arrived were seen dragging their luggage toward the Departure Hall where the dance took place, drawn by the music and the milling crowd.

Happy flashmob dancers following their performance at SXM Airport Departure Hall (12/7/13), with leading choreographer Clara Reyes
(R., front).
(SXM Airport photo)

“I’d almost forgotten I had a plane to catch; I was so enthralled by the dancers,” said one passenger. “It was really very exciting; a nice cap to a wonderful vacation.”

Michelle Knotteck, another departing passenger, sent the following handwritten note to SXM Airport’s Managing Director, Regina LaBega: “St. Maarten is a beautiful place and the send off at the airport with the flash mob made it all a better experience even with my plane being delayed 2 hours. Everyone was amazing and it was a great experience. Thank you.”

But it was not visitors alone that enjoyed the performance and received branded gift items as well as drinks and snacks; many people of St. Maarten/St. Martin – some who came to welcome or see off friends and family, and employees at various establishments at the airport – said they were pleasantly surprised and impressed.

“Although it was raining and kind of cold outside, this was a very warm and beautiful contrast,” said one employee.

“Our aim was to create a festive mood and offer an entertaining atmosphere for all users of the airport,” noted LaBega, obviously satisfied at the public response to the event. “It is our way of saying ‘Thank You’ to everyone for making SXM Airport what it is today.