Dancers raise cash for charity

The flashmob fundraiser underway at the Peterlee ASDA store.
The flashmob fundraiser underway at the Peterlee ASDA store.

Stunned shoppers were treated to an impromptu display of impressive dance during a charity drive.

Members of Peterlee-based Nouveau Dance and Fitness joined forces with Asda Peterlee staff for a spontaneous burst of dance at the Surtees Road-based store.

The “flash mob” was held in aid of the Tickled Pink breast cancer charity.

More than 100 members of Nouveau Dance and Fitness, aged from four to 80 and from as far as Hartlepool and Newton Aycliffe, teamed up with supermarket staff to learn the specially-designed dance routine.

Karen Bell, Asda’s Community Life college, who took part in the flash mob, said: “The event raised just over £1,500, which we are absolutely delighted about.

“It was such good fun and it was lovely to see colleagues and customers taking part, and customers were really surprised.”

Bethany Ainsley, director of Nouveau Dance and Fitness, said: “We taught more than 100 community members the dance routine which I choreographed. We then went to Asda and taught the employees as well and made sure everybody knew it in time for the flash mob.”

She said dancers were taught a routine that was easy to learn and fun over a couple of weeks.

The performers took over the store, even busting their moves as they went up and down the supermarket’s escalator.

Onlookers gave the participants a big round of applause at the end.

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