By Ninder Kaur
The London-based dancers, titling themselves as the BollyMobUK descended across the capital to treat the public to surprise performances with more than 50 people taking part.
The group consisting of mainly students from the Shiamak Davar’s The Dance Academy have been inspired by the popular Indian dance show ‘Nach Baliye’ which is currently on air on a UK Asian TV channel Star Plus (Sky Ch784).
What started off with just six dancers, quickly grew in numbers, as dancers emerged from all corners of the crowd dancing to catchy Bollywood tunes, as bystanders looked both delighted and bemused.
Alia Kapoor from the group said: “The BollyMobUK is simply an idea driven by the dancer’s sheer love to perform by making others happy by surprising them with our highly energising performance. If we’ve managed to inspire any single person to get up and dance that would be wonderful, even if they’ve never danced before.”
The team of 50 dancers performed at numerous locations across London, which included Tower Hill, Liverpool Street, Southbank and Wembley Central to name a few, combining indo contemporary and modern movements with strong ballet grounding and performance-based visuals.
The BollyMobUK dance has received a lot of attention across Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and has even been in the spotlight after the celebrity judge from the dance show Nach Baliye; dancer and choreographer Marzi Pestonji tweeted about it.
A few bystanders from the day of the flashmob performance commented:
“I would have joined if I knew the moves.” Adam Winstone, 24, Wembley Central
“We’re all so caught up in the daily grind that we forget to have fun and do something out of the ordinary. This is truly wonderful that these youths have taken the time out to bring a smile on our faces.” Sandra Lambert, 37,