Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Largest hip-hop dance: Alabama students shatter Guinness World Records' record (VIDEO)
DOTHAN, AL, USA -- About 2,000 students from the city schools participated in the world's largest hip-hop dance performance, dancing for about five minutes; students practiced for eight weeks in anticipation of breaking the Guinness World Records record previously set by a group of 1,000 people in Japan, according to the World Record Academy.
Photo: Over 2,000 children from Dothan City Schools celebrate after breaking the Guinness World Records' record for the most people simultaneously performing a hip-hop dance routine. The previous Guinness World record was held in Japan with 1,000 participants. Photo: Jay Hare/Dothan Eagle
The Guinness World Records' record for the largest Macarena dance involved 2,219 participants and was achieved by Eggbuckland Community College (UK) in Plymouth, UK, on 7 July 2011.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the largest limbo dance; it involved 1,208 children from Global EduHub Pte Ltd (Singapore) in ITE College West, Singapore, on 1 October 2011.
The event was organized in part by Patti Rutland Jazz's outreach program, a program that seeks to provide art education for students at schools where funding may have been cut. Ben Vereen, Tony Award-winning dancer and actor, was present at the event.
According to the Dothan Eagle, students had practiced for the performance for eight weeks prior to the event. The students performed dance routines to popular hip-hop standards, including "Peanut Butter Jelly Time."
Jose Brooks, a local dance instructor, said he was thrilled at what the students were able to accomplish. "The event was heartfelt, inspiring, encouraging–everything epic," he stated.
Even the superintendent of Dothan City Schools said he wished that he would have done something similar when he was younger, but once he started playing sports, his interest in the arts took a back seat. "Football and baseball players didn't dance and sing," he said.
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