UCW flash mob surprise staff at insurance company Christmas event

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Performing arts students from University Centre Weston surprised employees at the Castelan Group on Thursday (15th December) with a flash mob-style performance.

The more than 200 employees at the Weston warranty and claims handling firm had no idea that their director update day would be interrupted by the spontaneous song and dance routines.

The UCW students, who are studying for degrees in Performing Arts, Musical Theatre and Professional and Commercial Dance on courses run in partnership with Bath Spa University, were sneaked into the building by a few managers who were in the loop about the performance.

They then proceeded to dazzle staff with a medley of Christmas songs and dance routines choreographed especially for the event.

Katie Dominy, Castelan Group’s head of HR, said: “There were a range of emotions from shock, confusion, happiness, laughter and complete joy; everyone agrees that they couldn’t believe their eyes, which is amazing.

“Thanks to UCW for bringing Christmas cheer to Castelan – we really hope the students had as much fun performing as we all did watching it.”

Corrin Martin, UCW’s Professional and Commercial Dance programme coordinator, added: “We believe it is so important to have these professional links, and it has been great working with the Castelan Group to come up with ideas for the performance and work out how to keep it as a surprise.

“The students have approached the project with such enthusiasm and dedication and we’re so proud that they were able to execute such a fantastic performance.”

As well as the flash mob, students from the UCW Academy of Performing Arts have been involved in a number of other events in the run up to Christmas, including choir singing at the Bath Christmas Markets.