Pupils dance towards Guiness World Record

St. Michael's CE High School, Chorley help to set the Big Dance World Record
St. Michael's CE High School, Chorley help to set the Big Dance World Record

Pupils from across Chorley and Leyland put on their dancing shoes in a bid to break world records.

On May 17 at 1pm, thousands of schoolchildren across the UK and the world joined together to make their mark in Guinness World Record history.

Schools, including St Michael’s CE High School, on Astley Road, Chorley, Parklands High School, on Southport Road, Chorley, and Bretherton Endowed Primary School, on South Road, Leyland, all performed the same routine, which was choreographed by Wayne McGregor and set to an original score, Céleste, by Scanner and Joel Cadbury.

Head of dance at St Michael’s CE High School, Sarah Gough, said: “We took part in a National Dance initiative called Big Dance 2012, to get pupils performing the same dance routine at the same time – 1pm. A total of 1,076 St Michael’s pupils took part with each year group dressed in a different Olympic colour, and donating £1 for attending school in non-uniform.

“The funds will be split between five local charities. It was a fantastic event enjoyed by staff and pupils alike.”

The current world record for the Largest Simultaneous Dance Routine – Multi-Venue is held by the Netherlands, with 1,472 locations and 264,188 people dancing.

With the support of the British Council, the dance took place simultaneously in more than 1,500 schools throughout the UK and across Europe, USA, South America, South-East Asia, the Middle East and the Far East.

Anne Hartley, Big Dance co-ordinator, said: “We’re delighted that the world is dancing with Chorley to welcome the Olympic Torch to the UK.

“Best of luck to all the schools taking part.”

Big Dance in London has been funded by Legacy Trust UK, creating a lasting impact from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games by funding ideas and local talent to inspire creativity across the UK. The programme is delivered by the Mayor of London, Arts Council England and Foundation for Community Dance with a network of Big Dance Hubs, leading dance organisations around the UK.

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