Flash mob wows crowds at Xscape

Xscape Flashdance
Xscape Flashdance
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A FLASH mob took shoppers by surprise with a spontaneous dance performance at Castleford’s leisure complex Xscape on Saturday.

More than 120 students from six colleges, along with members of West Yorkshire Police, performed two dance routines among unsuspecting shoppers to help raise cash for Pontefract’s Prince of Wales Hospice.

Robin Watkinson, chief executive officer at Backstage Academy, which helped organise the event, said: “It’s been a fantastic experience working with the local students in the build up to the performance.

“The crowds got a fright when 120 people suddenly broke into dance in the Xscape foyer and then an even bigger surprise when policemen in uniform suddenly joined in!”

The charity event was organised by Backstage Academy, the hospice and Joanne Weathers who choreographed the routine and taught it to the students from Pontefract NEW College, St Wilfrid’s Sixth Form College and Airedale Academy.

Ms Weathers said: “It’s such a fun and exciting event to be involved in and all the students have been really enthusiastic and lovely to work with. They are keen to support the hospice and work with key organisations in the community.”

Becky Thorpe, hospice community fundraiser, said: “We need more young people to come forward and help volunteer at events.”

To make a donation to the hospice, visit www.pwh.org.uk or call 01977 781476.