Bollywood 'flash mob' turns heads in GuildfordBy Jennifer Maxfield
May 30, 2012
THE sights and sounds of a Bollywood ‘flash mob’ entertained passers-by in Guildford on Saturday (May 26).
Just Jhoom! - a Bollywood dance fitness organisation that was launched in Surrey - organised the event and more than 40 instructors and class members took part.
They danced outside WHSmith in the High Street and in front of G Live, encouraging shoppers and visitors to join in with the music and moves as they went by.
The flash mob was partly held to support local dance trainer Beccy Matthews, who is trying to raise more than £10,000 for MIND and Cancer Research UK.
Classically trained Indian dancer Shalini Bhalla, who co-founded Just Jhoom!, said: "I was overwhelmed by the number of people who turned out to do the first ever Just Jhoom! flash mob – Jhoomers of all ages from 10 to 70 joined in to celebrate the vibrancy and energy of Just Jhoom! while also raising money for two very good causes."
The event coincided with the second anniversary of the organisation, which was launched in Cranleigh in May 2010 before receiving formal accreditation that summer and spreading throughout Surrey, the UK and even overseas.
Shalini said the business had experienced an "amazing" two years, involving the training of more than 150 instructors to run their own classes.
"We set up a performance group called Va Va Jhoom!, released a dance-fitness DVD and are regularly featured on Fitness TV and national magazines as one of the UK’s rapidly growing fitness trends," added Shalini. "We are going from strength to strength, with plans to run even more classes over the next year."
The sessions draw on a range of dance styles from classical Indian to bhangra, with some hip-hop, jive and jazz influences. They cater for all ages and fitness levels.