Dance world record for Despatch Prep?

2017-04-27 06:01
=A total of 527 learners from Despatch Preparatory participated in the attempt to break the mass African dance Guinness World Record.                                                                           Photo:HEILIE COMBRINCK

=A total of 527 learners from Despatch Preparatory participated in the attempt to break the mass African dance Guinness World Record. Photo:HEILIE COMBRINCK

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Despatch Preparatory attempted to break the Guinness World Records for the Largest Mass African Dance and did it, but now awaits the officiality!

In celebration of the school’s 45th anniversary, the entire school, all learners, teachers, support staff, admin staff and grounds workers, last Friday, April 21st, participated in a lively Miriam Makeba “Pata-Pata” dance.

Asja Strydom, administrator of the attempt, stated that in total they had 527 participants, which breaks the current world record of 503 dancers.

“I’m in the process of finalising the official submission, as Guinness World Records requires a large amount of photographic and video evidence, along with statements from 13 different professional witnesses,” said Strydom.

Principal of Despatch Preparatory, Madeléne Sachse said, “the administration of the event is the biggest job.”

Anjé Snyders, head of the school’s events committee was enthralled by the event saying the most amazing aspect of the entire process was the sense of pride it created amongst the learners and staff.

“Watching our parents dance with us in our last attempt gave each and every staff member goosebumps,” said Snyders.

Sachse told the UD News that the official declaration of the attempt can take up to 12 weeks to process.

“As soon as we receive notification from the Guinness World Records office we will let the public know about our officiality, although as numbers go, we have broken the world record and we are very proud of it,” said Sachse.

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