On 22 December 2014, 25 dancers from Topaz Dance Centre performed a choreographed routine to Pharrell Williams’ song “Happy” at the South Liverpool NHS Treatment Centre.
The dancers were aged between 16 and 60+ and a lot of them have a 20 year history with the dance school. The lead dancer was 25 and has been dancing there since she was 4 years old. Several of the older ladies have been taking classes there for 20 years – taking part in Ballroom, Latin, Tap and the more energetic Salsacise and Fitsteps.
All members live locally and one lady was actually a Practice Nurse at the old Garston Hospital for 20 years. Another of the dancers was fulfilling a lifelong ambition to take part in a flash mob dance so she can tick that off her bucket list.
The dance school itself is situated 2 streets away from South Liverpool Treatment Centre and has been running for 35 years. Miss Ann the dance instructor has been teaching there for 23 years and takes classes in all disciplines including Ballet, Tap, Jazz as well as Street Dance, Glee Club and Cheer Squad.
The centre caters for all ages from 18 months with their Mini Movers parent and child class right through to 60+ with their adult Tap and Latin classes and there’s a real community spirit in the centre!
On the day the dancers arrived in the centre looking like members of the public and they took seats around the waiting area.
When the music started the younger members of the troupe began to dance with other members of the troupe joining in as the music progressed – there were even dancers up on the walkways.
The dance was choreographed in such a way that the dancers were mostly moving in a small area but there were lots of arms in the air action to give patients more of a visual.
The whole event lasted no more than 5 minutes and even the Asset and Engagement Manager for South Liverpool Treatment Centre Denise Cottam joined in.