Dancing to the Trafford beat

Urban Dance Project dancers dressed as Manchester United players for  a flashmob ahead of the Legends match.
Urban Dance Project dancers dressed as Manchester United players for a flashmob ahead of the Legends match.
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Dressed in Manchester United kits and emerging from the tunnel with Sir Alex Ferguson this team looked every bit the part in the Theatre of Dreams.

But the only fancy footwork they had in mind was dancing, and the only score was music, as the 11 sportspeople taking to the pitch at Old Trafford were dancers not footballers.

The troupe from Blackpool’s Urban Dance Project took part in their biggest flashmob to date on Sunday - filling the stadium with dancers ahead of the Legends match against Real Madrid.

Dancing to pop hit Party Rock Anthem by LMFAO the dancers ‘battled’ with their counterparts, from Fever Dance Company, Preston, who played Real Madrid, before the kick-off of the charity match.

Michelle Ramsey, UDP founder, said: “We were introduced as if we were the Manchester United team so we were standing proud.

“People were cheering as if we were the team, the noise was immense, then you could see them get a bit confused.

“We did a dance off against the other team and it just got bigger with dancers in the stadium joining in.

“Everyone was buzzing afterwards, it was brilliant.”

UDP provided 100 dancers, including the 11 ‘players’ and then dozens of fans to entertain the crowds.

The Legends match was held in Manchester on Sunday to raise money for the MU Foundation.

Star players from the teams past and present, including Paul Scholes and Zinedine Zidane.

The UDP dancers shared the stage with popstars Amelia Lily, Tinchy Stryder and JLS to entertain the thousands of football fans.


Nickleodeon TV date for young stars

It’s the turn of younger dancers from Urban Dance Project to wow with their moves this week.

The dance school, based in Bispham, applied to appear on a television show with Diversity dancers Jordan and Perri and were delighted to be chosen.

The duo spent two days filming with the children for Jordan and Perri Ultimate Block Party.

Michelle Ramsey, UDP founder, said: “The children were in shock when Jordan and Perri walked in. They filmed a full routine with them then held a big street party for all their friends and family. The children were buzzing.”

Olympic medallist Beth Tweddle was also on hand during filming to offer a pep talk to the youngsters about holding their nerve while performing.

Michelle added: “They all really got stuck in with the children and were really lovely.”

The programme will be aired on Nickleodeon at 6.30pm tomorrow.

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