Shoppers in the Alhambra shopping centre were in for an unexpected surprise when over 50 young people from Barnsley College burst into a choreographed dance routine.
The group of 55 Performing Arts students posed as unassuming shoppers dotted around the centre foyer before launching into a well-rehearsed dance routine as Pharrell Williams’ ‘Happy’ played out through the shopping centre’s sound system.

The idea came about after discussions between Barnsley College and the Alhambra took place to look at ways in which students could get involved with activities planned as part of the centre’s Barnsley Fashion Week event.

Performing Arts Course Leader Donna Turner was thrilled with the students’ performance. She said:  “We thought this would be a great opportunity for our students to work together at the beginning of the new term and do something fun whilst building their confidence. They were absolutely fabulous and got a well-deserved round of applause from appreciative shoppers.”
The flashmob was just one activity planned during the week with students also standing as live mannequins, modelling outfits for featured stores and designers in shop windows.

Steph Higham, Marketing Manager at the Alhambra Shopping Centre, said: “We are delighted to be working with the college students as part of Barnsley Fashion Week. It is great to see so much young talent and the effort that goes into their work is outstanding. They are adding a special element to our promotion that the public and our retailers will be sure to love.”

There are still places available on Barnsley College courses in Music, Media and Performance, please contact the Information Unit on Tel: 01226 216 123 or email info@barnsley.ac.uk for further details.

Last updated: 16th September 2015

Originally posted on: 16th September 2015