This post was first published by Croydon Advertiser on 29/11/2018.
Watch the moment an amazing flash mob breaks out dancing in Croydon town centre
And this won’t be the last you see of them!
Talented Croydon dance students broke into a flash mob throughout Croydon lon Wednesday (November 28) and you can expect to see more of them.
Dancers from The BRIT School, the world-renowned performing arts school in Selhurst, were filmed in North End on a night when they also flaunted their moves in Boxpark and Whitgift and Centrale shopping centres.
The school’s director of development, Jon Pelluet, says this is just the start of a series of public performances to “get more involved in Croydon life”.
“We are proudly part of Croydon and over the past couple of years we want to get more involved,” he said.
“We want to bring the energy and creativity of our students to Croydon so people can enjoy our productions.
“It’s a chance to let people know we are here in Croydon. We want to do these things more to show off our students’ skills.”
More to come
At each of the four locations last night, the collective quietly lined up before kicking off their routines unannounced.
A musical performance is planned for Centrale Shopping Centre on December 5 and 12 at 5pm and again at 6pm, with more acts to come over the coming months.
“The whole idea [behind last night] is that people don’t get noticed beforehand,” said Jon.
“People are just doing their Christmas shopping, having a bit of drink and suddenly there are these 40 young men and women pulling some amazing moves and choreography.
“And around five minutes later they just disappear back into the crowd.”
He added that future events will be promoted in advance but last night was about “starting with a loud noise all over town”.
Reaction was ‘brilliant’
Crowds gathered for the dances and Jon said the reaction was “brilliant”.
He said: “The nature of flash mobs is it turns peoples’ heads, often it’s two minutes in when you see crowds really appear but the at the Centrale there were probably 40 or 50 people.
“The nature of Whitgift is that they can look down at it so hundreds would have seen them overall, certainly in Boxpark.”
Croydon council and Croydon BID (Business Improvement District) are partners in the school’s project.
Croydon BID’s chief executive, Matthew Sims, said: “We are in absolute awe of the incredible talent possessed by not just these incredible dancers from the BRIT School but by our young people of today.
“With more events such as these planned, come and join us.”