A Jerusalema dance challenge will be presented at Barry Island

An ‘amazing’ woman is to be honored by people taking part in a viral dance challenge in South Wales this week.

The viral dance challenge involves people performing a dance reel to a gospel-influenced house song Jerusalema by South African producer Master KG and performed by singer-songwriter Nomcebo.

People around the world took part in the challenge and on Sunday June 20 dancers will gather on Barry Island to perform in memory of Lesley Francis.

The challenge is hosted by Anna Prince, director of the Hydro Fitness Gym in Barry, who befriended Lesley through the women-only gym she [Ms Prince] took over about two years ago.

Ms Prince said: “Lesley was amazing, she was very spiritual and she had friends everywhere.

“She never had a hard time talking about anyone and she loved Barry Island, which is why we will be dancing there on Sunday.”

Ms Prince also leads a burlesque dance group – Candys – which frequently raises funds for charity; she said Mrs. Francis liked to watch the band play.

“A while back, Lesley texted me about Jerusalema’s challenge and said ‘Anna honey, I would love to see this,’” Ms. Prince said.

“A group in Africa originally did the dance and now people all over the world have done it – it brought people together during the coronavirus pandemic.

“I kind of put her off and said I would when I wasn’t that busy [reopening the gym].

“When she passed away I was going back over the messages and thought how much she would have loved every second.”


Ms Prince will be joined by others – including Lesley’s son Nick – to perform the dance on Barry Island at 11 a.m. on Sunday, June 20.

They will wear Ms. Francis’ favorite colors: blue and white.

“It’s open to anyone who wants to do it, and people are welcome to watch,” added Ms. Prince.

“We will rise to the challenge no matter the weather, even if there are thunderstorms, we will dance for Lesley.”

The challenge will honor Ms Francis and raise funds for Marie Curie, which is the UK’s leading end-of-life charity and provides care and support to people living with terminal illness and their families.

Dancers are welcome to join us, or people can come watch the challenge live on the beach. People can donate to Marie Curie at the event and can find out more about Marie Curie at www.mariecurie.org.uk