School kids aim for Guinness dance record

While most children across the city are busy enjoying their summer vacations,40-odd students from Orbis School,Mundhwa,are putting their best foot forward to attempt a Guinness World record in dancing.

Written by Samarpita Banerjee | Published:May 14, 2012 1:08 am

While most children across the city are busy enjoying their summer vacations,40-odd students from Orbis School,Mundhwa,are putting their best foot forward to attempt a Guinness World record in dancing. These students will be a part of Big Dance,an event in which about 500,000 children across the globe will participate in a choreographed dance routine on May 18.

Big Dance,which is an annual event in the UK,this year coincides with the day that the Olympics torch arrives there. The event started in 2006 by the Mayor of London in partnership with the Arts Council England. Orbis School will be participating in the event because of its association with British Council.

Shahi Farooqui,from the administration team of the school said,“For more than a month now,about 40 of our kids from junior kg to Class VI have been practising for the event. This is for the first time we will be participating and as far as we know,we are the only school from Pune to do so.”

The record that they are attempting will be that of the largest simultaneous dance routine. The routine has been choreographed by Wayne McGregor and the children will have to perform exactly at 1 pm on May 18. “The children have learnt a five-minute routine. We had to download a video and follow the routine,” he added.

The dance will take place simultaneously in over 1,000 schools throughout the UK and across Europe,USA,South America,South-East Asia,the Middle East and the Far East.

The current world record for the largest simultaneous multi-venue dance is held by the Netherlands,with 1,472 locations and 2,64,188 people dancing.

Jacqueline Rose,director of Big Dance 2012,said,“The global response to the Big Dance Record Attempt emphasises the power of dance as an art form to communicate and how it can unite communities.”

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