Rockettes’ Pick for Dancer of the Week: Police Officer Dancing With Kids at Manchester Benefit Concert
Who: PC Paul Taylor from Darlington, UK
— Mark Savage (@mrdiscopop) June 4, 2017
Why we chose him: Last weekend, the One Love Manchester benefit concert took place at Old Trafford Cricket Ground in Manchester, England to honor those affected by the tragic terror attacks that occurred at Ariana Grande’s concert at Manchester Arena on May 22, 2017. The benefit concert, organized upon request of Grande herself, featured artists such as Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry and Justin Bieber coming together to show their support and help raise funds for the families of the attack victims.
It was an emotional event for all in attendance, but one special moment touched the hearts of many viewers at home. Cameras captured a British Police Officer, later identified as Darlington-based PC Paul Taylor, holding hands and dancing around with young attendees at the show. This moment of joy was only broadcasted onscreen for a few seconds, but it was long enough to became a poignant clip of the evening, symbolizing the unity and resilience of the city of Manchester.
“One Love Manchester was an amazing experience and it made such a change to have people coming up to us saying they were glad we were there and how reassured they felt,” Taylor told BBC.
Fun fact: Taylor wasn’t the only police officer who joined the crowd in a moving gesture of harmony. Concertgoers posted videos on social media of police and security guards dancing to Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida” with the crowd and swaying along to Black Eyed Pea’s “Where is the Love?”
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