HUNDREDS of women gathered for a Valentine’s Day flash dance in Barker’s Pool yesterday, transforming the lunchtime bustle into a sea of jiggling hips and shimmying shoulders.
But the happy scene had a serious message - stopping violence against women.
Sheffield joined cities all over the world taking part in the ‘One Billion Rising’ campaign on February 14, with flash dances in schools, universities and town halls to spread the message.
“We’re reclaiming Valentine’s Day until the violence stops,” said Patricia Daniel, who ran the Sheffield event, along with belly dancing troupes Belrobics and Aim to Dance.
“Fifty per cent of women will experience violence, sexual assault or stalking in their lifetime and we’re sweeping the world like a female tsunami with our message of defiance!”