Dance invasion in Welwyn Garden City shop raises money for charity

PUBLISHED: 13:33 28 December 2017 | UPDATED: 16:50 11 January 2018

A troupe of Santa's helpers from ID Dance surprised shoppers in John Lewis. Picture: Milanda Khan

A troupe of Santa's helpers from ID Dance surprised shoppers in John Lewis. Picture: Milanda Khan

Milanda Khan

A flashmob of Santa’s helpers have raised £150 in John Lewis in Welwyn Garden City in a festive charity dance performance

Volunteers from idance in Codicote L-R: Charlotte Lane, Betsy Broad, director Laura Wilson, Claire Bailey, Sue Knowles and Connie Andrews. Picture: Mia JankowiczVolunteers from idance in Codicote L-R: Charlotte Lane, Betsy Broad, director Laura Wilson, Claire Bailey, Sue Knowles and Connie Andrews. Picture: Mia Jankowicz

Shoppers in the sportswear department were surprised when a lively modern performance began in between the clothing racks on December 22.

Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You” accompanied the pirouettes, leaps and backflips.

The event was arranged by Laura Wilson, director of idance school in Codicote and who founded danceaid when she was a student.

danceaid is a charity that uses dance to improve lives of orphaned, poor and disabled children across the UK and abroad.

A troupe of Santa's helpers from ID Dance surprised shoppers in John Lewis. Picture: Milanda KhanA troupe of Santa's helpers from ID Dance surprised shoppers in John Lewis. Picture: Milanda Khan

Laura, who worked on the shop floor at Welwyn Garden City’s John Lewis when she was a student, was approached by John Lewis with the idea, which she embraced enthusiastically.

Top choreographer Ryan Jenkins, one of danceaid’s patrons, devised a routine with the troupe of dancers who train at his London dance company ID Dance.

Laura said: “I asked him, ‘would you like to create a Christmas masterpiece?’ and he was very excited and he went for it!”

ID Dance’s students travelled from all over the country to perform.

Laura’s own dance students at idance also joined the effort as volunteers collecting donations.

Seventeen-year-old volunteer Betsy Broad from Codicode, said: “I’m thrilled to be able to help out a charity like this one, especially at Christmas.”

You can donate to danceaid at http://danceaid.org

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