Staple Hill goes to Hollywood!


Pharrell Williams

Pharrell Williams

The video of a teenage girl dancing in Staple Hill, which we featured here at The Week in last week, has now caught the attention of American pop star Pharrell Williams.

Levanna Mclean’s 2.4 minute-long Northern Soul video, which she posted on YouTube, is a pastiche of Pharrell’s 24-hour video Happy, which features people dancing on the streets of Los Angeles and was filmed over 11 days.

The song Happy is from the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack. Grammy Award-winning Pharrell has also featured on two of this year’s biggest hits – Blurred Lines and Get Lucky.

This week Pharrell posted a link on Twitter to 17-year-old Levanna’s YouTube video, saying: “The UK is getting Happy…Northern Soul style!”

The Winterbourne student’s video, pictured below, shows her dancing in Broad Street to the bemusement of passers-by, one of whom joins in.

It is the latest in a string of clips she has made and posted on YouTube – there are also videos of her dancing in Moscow, at Glastonbury Tor and around the Clifton Suspension Bridge and Millennium Square in Bristol.

levannaWatch Levanna in action in Staple Hill at and find out why she has already notched up more than 226,000 hits.