Lunchtime shoppers in Whitewater Shopping Centre were taken by surprise when 50 Brownies treated them to a dance display in the downstairs mall on Sunday 14 September last.
Following the lead of local dance enthusiast and Irish Girl Guides (IGG) leader Áine Foley, the Newbridge, Lily and River Bank Brownies took part in an energetic dance routine to the soundtrack of Jessie J’s It’s My Party.
The flashmob, which can be viewed at www.youtube.com/IrishGirlGuides, was organised to mark the centenary of Brownies - as the very first Brownie pack in Ireland opened in Newbridge in 1914.
Eighteen-year-old Áine Foley, enjoyed choreographing the Brownie flashmob routine and was delighted with the girls’ performance.
“Some of the girls found it a bit scary but most of them found it really exciting and fun and asked when they could perform again,” said Áine. “I think dance, like Guiding, builds confidence and leads to great opportunities. As long as you have fun being involved, that’s all that matters.”
Ten-year-old Saraid Hartnett of Newbridge Brownies said it was really fun taking part in the flashmob but also “really scary” because she was afraid they were going to mess up. “It was a lot of fun and everyone was really good,” said Elle Lennox (age 6).Nine-year-old Ava Whiteley said she really enjoyed taking part. Meanwhile the girls did such a great job they have been invited to perform anytime.
Newbridge Brownies Leader Helen Hartnett said the flashmob was a great opportunity for the three local Brownie units to do something together. “In the past we have held joint events, like a Brownies Olympics,” she said. “Working together is a good way of promoting sisterhood between Brownies and the girls get a real kick out of dancing with Áine.”