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Seniors from the Ashby Ponds retirement community made a splash at the Dulles Town Mall.
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Seniors from the Ashby Ponds retirement community made a splash at the Dulles Town Mall.

A flash mob at a mall isn't unheard of these days, but in a slightly rarer sight today, more than two dozen senior citizens turned out at the Dulles Town Center to surprise shoppers with an impromptu performance.

Phyllis Lynne is a 71-year-old resident of Ashby Ponds, a retirement community in Ashburn. She was one of 25 seniors who participated in today's spontaneous danceathon at noon: "We were all surprised that we all got there and nobody fell down and had a good time."

Lynne says the group, ranging in age from 66 to 80, practiced for months.

Dan Dunne is director of communications for Erickson Living, which operates Ashby Ponds. He says this isn't the first spirited thing the residents have created -- last year they put together a racy pin-up calendar

"There were photos taken throughout the campus of women and men... you'd have to look at the internet to get an appreciation for it," says Dunne.

Lynne, who appeared as a calendar girl, says "That was our first attempt."

She wants to show that just because she's older doesn't mean she can't enjoy life and have fun.

"I don't know what's next. Maybe granny's gone wild or something," says Lynne.

As for the dancers, Dunne says they've been invited back to the mall for a holiday flash mob.

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