21 October 2018   |  Last Updated 08-04-2015 11:33

      Watch: Market Street shoppers treated to impromptu Greek dancing in Manchester city centre

      A FLASH mob gathered in Manchester city centre to treat passers-by to some impromptu Greek entertainment.

      A video on YouTube has emerged showing the moment when shoppers stopped to watch around 30 students perform a traditional dance in Market Street.

      The video shows a normal day on the busy pedestrian route until one man strides into view playing the opening chords of the famous song Zorbas on a traditional Greek instrument.

      Seemingly out of nowhere, numerous students line up and link arms on the cobbles and begin a well-choreographed dance.

      For the second song, the dancers kneel to encircle individuals who then perform a “zeibekiko”, a traditional Greek folk dance, for the crowds.

      The flash mob was organised by Greek student Varnavas Timotheou, with the help of the Greek and Cypriot Society in Manchester.

      Mr Timotheou's flatmate, Constantinos Vasiliou, a dancer in the group, said: “The idea behind the flash mob was to show people and promote Greek culture and to entertain people, and it was nice that people in the street seemed to enjoy it.

      “In my opinion, not only in the UK, but in the whole of Europe, Greece gives off a bad image because of the economic problems it is facing.

      “Some countries still think of Greece in a bad way, and we want to show that we are still here, and we are okay, we're not bad guys.”

      Mr Vasiliou, a business management student at the University of Salford, said although the dancing looked spontaneous, the group put in a lot of time rehearsing.

      He added: “We spent three to four hours practising every Saturday for one month, and in the last week we did three more rehearsals before the flash mob.

      “We rented some cameras from the university, and some of the guys are studying social media so they know how to use them.”

      “The dances are very familiar to all Greek people, but not everyone knows the steps, we still have to practise.”

      By David Taylor