Ballroom to mall as dance takes over Leeds shopping centre

Ballroom dancers Rita Mackenzie and Eric Bulcock

Ballroom dancers Rita Mackenzie and Eric Bulcock

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shoppers could have been forgiven for thinking they’d stepped onto the set of Strictly at a Leeds shopping centre.

Professional ballroom dancers dropped in to the White Rose Centre in Leeds to show off some of their steps.

Rita Mackenzie and Eric Bulcock were teaching a range of ballroom and classical dance sequences as seen on the BBC 1 programme yesterday, and will be back at the centre near Churwell this lunchtime.

Catherine Briggs, marketing manager at the White Rose Centre, said: “The team and I were very excited to welcome Rita and Eric to the centre to teach shoppers a selection of ballroom dances.

“Strictly Come Dancing has risen in popularity over the years with many people wanting to learn the steps danced by famous faces such as Mark Wright and Caroline Flack.”

More moves were showcased at the centre when a flash-mob of eight dancers from the Northern Ballet’s Ability Class joined with six Young Ambassadors from Mencap for an impromptu performance.

It was part of a fun day for the charity, national fundraising partner for the White Rose owners Land Securities.

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