Rockettes’ Pick for Dancer of the Week: London Christmas Elf Puts on a Show for Shoppers
Who: Mike Rodgers
‘Leading Role they said. West End location they said.’ pic.twitter.com/10xkvpSaLh
— Alice Orr-Ewing (@aliceorrewing) December 5, 2018
Why we picked him: Holiday shoppers on London’s Regent Street have been in for a pleasant surprise when walking past Hamleys toy shop: A Christmas elf who really knows how to jingle and shimmy!
The elf’s real identity is Mike Rodgers, a 23-year-old who moved from South Africa to London in 2015 to pursue his dreams of acting on stage. He’s been dazzling passerby with his festive dance moves at Hamleys every Christmas since. And with 1.5 million views and counting, his festive dance moves have now gone viral on Twitter.
He described the dance routine as “pure improvisation” where his fellow elves just follow his lead while performing. But outside of their trending street performances, Rodgers and the rest of his team interact with children to help spread a little holiday magic during their shopping trip.
We don’t know about you, but we are fully in the Christmas spirit after watching this elf dance!
Fun fact: Rodgers’ dedication and dancing skills caught the attention of some notable show business professionals on Twitter as well, including actress Amanda Abbington from the BBC series “Sherlock.”
Rockette kicks (on a scale from 10 to 10!):