SHOPPERS in York were treated to a taste of Chicago as cabaret dancers took over a shop window.

A troupe of 20 dancers made up from staff and parents from the Montessori School in Pocklington were snapped up by York department store Browns, to help it end a USA-themed fashion week in style.

The performers strutted their stuff on the store's tables and singers put Richard Gere to shame with their rendition of songs from the hit West End musical and Hollywood blockbuster, Chicago.

TV's Emmerdale and Heartbeat author, Peter Walker, who has more than 100 published books to his name, was the guest of honour at the event.

The Montessori cabaret also performed for the school's annual ball, which was based on a Chicago theme.

The dancers, from left, Emma Steele, Amy Pressland, Nadia Ross and Tracy Bulmer join models Julie Froggatt and Sam Barnett to launch the Live Window event at Browns - much to the liking of Oliver Smith and Zak Ford, right.

Updated: 09:03 Monday, May 19, 2003