Strictly Come Dancing star Oti Mabuse leads Disney flashmob in Westfield White City

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“That was so magical, I couldn’t take my eyes off of it – it has made me feel like Christmas is coming.”

Hundreds of Christmas shoppers watched in awe as a flash mob of 30 dancers and singers, led by Strictly Come Dancing star Oti Mabuse, performed a routine in Westfield White City.

Starting off as an unsuspecting barista in the shopping centre, Oti was shortly joined by undercover security guards, grotto elves, shopping assistants and cleaners.

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The dancers then pulled away her uniform to reveal a beautiful blue princess dress which kickstarted the mesmerising festive spectacle.

Performing a three-minute routine, Christmas shoppers and commuters were left captivated by the impromptu dance as the troupe perfectly executed a series of jaw-dropping lifts and spins.

One bystander said: “That was so magical, I couldn’t take my eyes off of it – it has made me feel like Christmas is coming.”

Oti Mabuse creats a flashmob for Disenchanted at Westfield Shopping centre. Photo: SWNSOti Mabuse creats a flashmob for Disenchanted at Westfield Shopping centre. Photo: SWNS
Oti Mabuse creats a flashmob for Disenchanted at Westfield Shopping centre. Photo: SWNS

While another added: “Oh my goodness – I can’t believe it. I was literally walking past, then that music, it was brilliant.

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"The back flip was my favourite as I thought he was actually a security guard.”

Hundreds of Christmas shoppers watched a flash mob of 30 dancers and singers, led by Strictly Come Dancing star Oti Mabuse. Photo: SWNSHundreds of Christmas shoppers watched a flash mob of 30 dancers and singers, led by Strictly Come Dancing star Oti Mabuse. Photo: SWNS
Hundreds of Christmas shoppers watched a flash mob of 30 dancers and singers, led by Strictly Come Dancing star Oti Mabuse. Photo: SWNS

The flash mob was devised by award-winning movement director and choreographer Richard Marcel, who has previously worked on Strictly Come Dancing, X-Factor and Lip Sync Battle.

The group took to the shopping centre to celebrate the launch of the new Disney+ film, Disenchanted – and the performance was set to a new track in the new film, Love Power.

Starting off as an unsuspecting barista in the shopping centre, Oti was shortly joined by undercover security guards. Photo: SWNSStarting off as an unsuspecting barista in the shopping centre, Oti was shortly joined by undercover security guards. Photo: SWNS
Starting off as an unsuspecting barista in the shopping centre, Oti was shortly joined by undercover security guards. Photo: SWNS

Two-time Strictly Come Dancing winner, Oti Mabuse, said: “I am a huge fan of all things Disney so to be transformed into a Disney Princess was a dream come true.

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“I loved the first Enchanted film so jumped at the chance to surprise shoppers with this dance.”

Performing a three-minute routine, Christmas shoppers and commuters were left captivated by the impromptu dance. Photo: SWNSPerforming a three-minute routine, Christmas shoppers and commuters were left captivated by the impromptu dance. Photo: SWNS
Performing a three-minute routine, Christmas shoppers and commuters were left captivated by the impromptu dance. Photo: SWNS

She added: “When performing in such an environment, it is never easy to predict just how smoothly it will go – but the team did amazingly and it was such a joy to see the reaction of all the shoppers.”

Disenchanted, which debuts on Disney+ today (Friday) is a sequel to the musical film Enchanted and follows Giselle, Robert and Morgan 15 years after their happily ever after.

One of the stars of the film, Idina Menzel, said: “Musical storytelling is a passion of mine, so I’m delighted to hear that the song was brought to life by Oti Mabuse and the dance troupe through an amazing flash mob for Disney+.

“I hope to see more fans bursting into song and dance like we did in the film.”

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