Clare dancing queens target world record

RECORD BREAK-DANCING: Nearly 90 pupils from Stour Valley Community School in Clare took part in a Big Dance event on Friday.
RECORD BREAK-DANCING: Nearly 90 pupils from Stour Valley Community School in Clare took part in a Big Dance event on Friday.

PUPILS in Clare are hoping they have danced their way into the record books.

Nearly 90 girls aged between 11 and 14 from Stour Valley Community School took part in the five-minute Big Dance event on Friday.

They were attempting to beat the current record for a simultaneous multi-venue dance by synchronising their performance with 1,000 Big Dance groups in the UK and even more across the world.

PE teacher Emma Lee said: “The girls did a fantastic job – it was nearly perfect from start to finish.

“It was a very complicated and long routine. We don’t know if we have beaten the world record yet as we have to submit video footage and signed statements, with verifications having to come in from all over the world.”

The Big Dance is held every two years to raise the profile of dance around the world.

This year’s routine included aspects of Olympic sports and also coincided with the Olympic torch’s arrival in the UK.

The pupils, who had rehearsed the routine for a number of weeks, are due to find out if they have helped beat the record – it stands at more than 264,000 and is held by the Netherlands – after June 1.