The John Galsworthy quadrangle had its own T-Mobile moment on Wednesday as dancers from around the university staged their own flashmob event.
A large group of spectators crowded the quad to watch the half-hour lunchtime display, as several different dance groups joined together to highlight Kingston’s cultural diversity.
Head of dance at Kingston, Jason Piper said: “I think the event went really well, I was really happy with what the girls did.
“But it is just a fraction of what we do, we do a lot of the more ethnic as well as urban dance forms.”
The performance started out with an improvised set, in which dancers were supposed to emerge seamlessly from the crowd. It also included segments of zumba and breakdancing, although the concrete floor was a less than perfect surface for the troupe to showcase their entire dance oeuvre
The event was initiated by Kingston’s Equality Unit, as part of its One Kingston programme, a series of cultural events intended to highlight the diverse cultural makeup of the university, and to make the university “a fair place for all those who work and study here”.
Naz Mojid, university equality administrator, said: “The aim of the event was to celebrate the diverse cultures at KU through music and dance.
“We are really pleased with the number of people who stopped by and showed their support for the performers and the One Kingston campaign.”
Katherine Edwards, one of the dancers who participated in the event, said: “I really enjoyed it and think it went really well. [It shows] we are a diverse team.
“It shows that Kingston dancers can think about what we are doing.”
One Kingston will continue to hold more events on and around campus, and the dance programme will be holding its end of year performances on the 19th and 20th May at Kingston Grammar School.