MORE than 100 young people stopped shoppers in their tracks with a charity flash mob at Gunwharf Quays.
Students from Dynamic Dance Company in Portsmouth, Havant and Chichester took to the shopping centre’s square with a sponsored routine.
The flash mob was organised to raise money for Leigh Park resident Andy Prowting, who has been given months to live unless he flies to the USA for treatment to his skin cancer.
Shoppers were drawn in as pop tunes including The Jackson 5’s ABC, Bob Sinclar’s Rock This Party, and Rihanna’s Don’t Stop The Music.
The four-and-a-half-minute dance routine was organised and choreographed by Emma Waters, who owns the dance company.
She has taught the niece of Andy for more than five years. Last week, the group performed its first flash mob in Whiteley and raised £100 on the day, with more money being raised through sponsorship.
‘We have got 150 children here taking part,’ she said.
‘I have been planning and teaching the dance routine since September. We decided to hold it to help raise money for Andy’s Army, a group of his friends and family have come together to try and raise the money for Andy’s treatment.
‘The children have been sponsored by friends and family and we did one at Whiteley where we also raised money.
‘It gives them a really good opportunity to have a go at performing in front of a lot of people.
‘Andy came to watch us at the Whiteley flash mob as I teach his niece.
‘I heard about what had happened to him and that he needed treatment in America and I wanted to do something to raise money.’
Donna Dickinson was at the flash mob with her children Tegan and Lola.
‘I am friends with Andy’s sister,’ she said.
‘My two girls were taking pat. It’s something small compared to what he is going through but we wanted to do something.’
Tegan, who is nine, added: ‘We did it for Andy and we hope he will appreciate it. It was fun to come and do the dance.’
Eloise Baker-Hunter, who is 14 and lives in Havant, also took part.
She said: ‘I think it is a really good cause. I have tried to raise some money but haven’t done much yet.’