It’s International Dance Day! Grab your dancing shoes and move to your favourite tunes.

Globally commemorated on 29 April, International Dance Day is dedicated to all forms of dance.

The day was officially created by UNESCO’s performing arts partner: the Dance Committee of the International Theatre Institute (ITI) and coincides with the birth anniversary of Jean-Georges Noverre (c. 1727–1810), considered the father of modern ballet.

If you need some inspiration to start dancing, here are some of the most fun, dance-related Guinness World Records titles achieved in the last few years:


Largest bachata dance

Bachata is a type of music and dance originated in the Dominican Republic and that has gained tremendous popularity around the world.

That’s why it’s not strange that the world record for the largest bachata dance was achieved at the Malecon in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic’s capital city.

AZ Films Producciones (Dominican Republic) gathered 489 bachata dance couples in a massive event that took place on 11 December 2021.


Largest rueda de casino dance

With a total of 1,585 people perfectly coordinated and dancing salsa in a gigantic rueda casino dance, the Venezuelan organization Retomando el Son "Bailando Casino", achieved the world record for the largest rueda casino dance on 27 November 2022.

Dancers from more than 100 dance academies rehearsed for about six months before the record attempt. On the day, the participants danced for almost 12 minutes.


Largest Madison dance

The largest Madison dance involved 4,999 participants and was achieved by the Union of Youth Federations of Cambodia (Cambodia) in Siem Reap, Cambodia, on 15 April 2023.

The Union of Youth Federations of Cambodia (UYFC) achieved the record with 4,999 dancers during Khmer New Year, the traditional celebration of the solar new year in Cambodia which starts on 14 April.

Participants gathered and danced at the Terrace of the Elephants in Angkor Archeological Park in Siem Reap province.


Largest Mexican folk dance

The largest Mexican folk dance was achieved by Gobierno del Municipio de Monterrey (Mexico) with 1,095 participants dancing at Plaza Zaragoza, in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico, on 11 September 2022.

The record attempt was part of the celebration of the 426th anniversary of Monterrey. Dancers wore traditional clothes and performed five traditional dances, including the "Corrido de Monterrey".


Largest Soul Train dance

The Soul Train dance line has been part of the American dance culture for more than five decades. That’s why BET Networks LLC (USA) decided to attempt the record for the largest Soul Train dance to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the BET Soul Train Awards.

On 21 November 2021, the network achieved the record with 536 dancers at the Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem, New York, USA.


Largest matachine/matlachine dance

The Guinness World Records title for the largest matlachines dance was achieved on 18 July 2021 by Municipio de Saltillo (Mexico) with a total of 653 participants.

Municipio de Saltillo organized the massive event at Plaza Coahuila to pay homage to the traditions and cultural values of the region as part of the "International Festival of Culture of Saltillo 2021" celebrating the 444th anniversary of the region.

The Matlachines dance is a cultural, folkloric, and religious tradition of Saltillo. This dance is often performed as an offering to the Virgin of Guadalupe.

Largest Charleston dance

The largest Charleston dance consists of 1096 participants, and was achieved by Revel In Dance (UK) at "I Can Charleston" in Shrewsbury, UK, on 22 September 2018.

Revel in Dance undertook this attempt as part of their efforts to raise money for Severn Hospice. They wanted a record that people of all ages could get involved with and get moving.

Now, let’s hit the dance floor!

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