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Manilva residents get a dose of high spirits with community Jerusalema dance challenge video

Dancers in scenes from the Manilva Jerusalema video.
Dancers in scenes from the Manilva Jerusalema video. / SUR
  • The recording, in which around 200 people took part in different locations of the municipality, can be viewed on YouTube

When Manilva resident and former councillor Dean Tyler Shelton saw the Jerusalema challenge dance videos coming out of Africa, he decided to "jump on the bandwagon", as he puts it himself.

Dean got together with friend and producer Craig Ruddock for the project whose aim, he explained, was twofold: "We wanted to promote and showcase Manilva, but more important to us both was to promote happiness and positive feeling, not only locally but on the Costa del Sol and the world beyond. We made it for free and have not monetised its viewing on YouTube hoping to add to the feeling of positivity."

After spreading the word around the community, some 200 people came forward to take part, which involved them learning the dance routine via video tutorials and with instruction from Jessica Quiñones Cabrera and Pilar Zúñiga.

Filming took place over three days (16-18 October, before the new Covid restrictions came into force, Dean stressed). Eight locations were used to show some of the most important features of Manilva, from the castle of Sabinillas to La Duquesa port, the seafront promenade and the square in Manilva Pueblo.

Dean has sent out thanks to Manilva council, which, while not behind the project, permitted the recording in public and private areas, as well as to Marinas del Mediterráneo.

The video, which has been viewed more than 9,500 times, can be found on YouTube.