Flash­mob puts on show for shop­pers

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - NEWS -

CUSTOMERS at the Bridge­wa­ter Shop­ping Cen­tre were in for an un­ex­pected treat on the bank hol­i­day Mon­day as a flash­mob of dancers gath­ered to put on a show.

Around 40 ladies who take part in SOSA dance classes in Arklow, Gorey, Wick­low town and Cabin­teely took part in the flash­mob.

All the ladies had a video to help them prac­tice the Thriller mash-up rou­tine in the weeks be­fore the bank hol­i­day, then they held a short prac­tice run be­fore hit­ting the shop­ping cen­tre.

‘We flew Katy Bar­row, cre­ator of SOSA, over from the UK to hold a sold out mas­ter­class in ArkloW Pipe Band Hall, which then fol­lowed into a quick prac­tice and straight over to the Bridge­wa­ter for our flash­mob,’ ex­plained Laura Gan­non of Laura’s Health and Dance Fit­ness in Arklow.

‘It was fan­tas­tic! Be­cause we were com­ing from all around, we only had the Mon­day to prac­tice but they all had a video to prac­tice off of for about 2-3 weeks plus they were prac­tic­ing hard in ev­ery class they at­tended,’ she said.

The flash­mob plans were top se­cret so shop­pers were a lit­tle un­sure of what was hap­pen­ing when the ladies started bust­ing their moves.

‘We had plenty of strange faces! Peo­ple were try­ing to guess what was hap­pen­ing, walk­ing in amongst the group danc­ing, not re­al­is­ing and quickly turn­ing the other way but most of all we had such a cheer­ing and sup­port­ive crowd watch­ing that I think it eased a lot of the ladies who are not used to danc­ing in pub­lic.’

‘I have to say, I am very proud of all these women who have worked hard to help achieve such a great flash­mob. Keep an eye out for fu­ture per­for­mances – they want more now!’ she said.

Laura sent her thanks to the Bridge­wa­ter Shop­ping Cen­tre for ac­co­mo­dat­ing the group and al­low­ing them to per­form on the bank hol­i­day Mon­day.

Laura Gan­non, Katy Bar­row and ClaireThomp­son lead­ing the flash mob in the Bridge­wa­ter Shop­ping Cen­tre on bank hol­i­day Mon­day.

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