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Dancing on the streets is now on the net too; 50,000 watch Geordies move to the Toon.

Byline: JOANNE BUTCHER

DANCERS from Tyneside are being watched across the globe after YouTube sent out their video to its followers.

Yesterday, the Chronicle told how a team from Newcastle-based games design studio Reflections took to the streets of the North East to bust some moves.

They put the video of their efforts online and now it has been seen across the globe, with more than 50,000 views.

And video website YouTube posted the film on its Facebook page, saying: "Happy International Dance Day! Think you'll be celebrating as hard as this crew from Newcastle? They get down!" The team were inspired by Just Dance 3, a video game which Reflections developed for games console Playstation Move.

Lorna Evans, a producer at the studio, said they are spreading the word that top-selling games are made right here on Tyneside.

She said: "Now YouTube in California have sent our Dancing Devs video to 56 million people on their Facebook and 11 million on Twitter for International Dance Day. It is so positive for Newcastle." The 144-strong team, including Reflections staff, dance school pupils and Geordies, shot the film on locations including Newcastle Quayside, the Angel of the North and Whitley Bay beach.

Hayley Conway, a choreographer from Newcastle Dance Centre who has previously worked with stars including Cheryl Cole and Ant and Dec, helped them develop a dance routine based on steps featured in the Playstation game.

Along the way they also recruited a string of guests stars, from ex-footballer Terry Johnson and world-class surfer Sandy Kerr, to North Shields fisherman Ryan Page - who once appeared on Britain's Got Talent - and three boogying grannies. Lorna said: "The fishermen agreed to dance and it was only afterwards we found out one of them was on Britain's Got Talent."

To see a video of the dancers, visit: www.chroniclelive.co.uk

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:May 1, 2012
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