Kids take part in world record breaking event – Video

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HUNDREDS of children have taken part in a world record attempt to get youngsters dancing.

Pupils from the borough joined together at Norham Community Technology College in North Shields today to take part in Big Dance 2012, the UK’s biggest celebration of dance.

Thousands of events are taking place across the country in all dance styles, as part of the London 2012 Festival, the culmination of the cultural Olympiad.

And pupils from North Tyneside joined thousands of others on Friday – the day the Olympic Torch arrived in the UK – to take part in a world-record breaking dance, created especially for them by Wayne McGregor CBE with an original score by Scanner and Joel Cadbury.

With the support of the British Council, the dance took place simultaneously in more than 1,000 schools throughout the UK and across Europe, USA, South America, south east Asia, the Middle East and the Far East.

Youngsters from across the borough attended the school to learn the same piece of choreography which they then performed as part of the record attempt for the largest simultaneous multi venue dance.

The current record is held by the Netherlands, with 1,472 locations and 264,188 people dancing.

Dance and PE teacher Melanie Petherbridge said: “My students have impressed me with their enthusiasm and determination for learning the choreography.

“I am so proud of all the dancers who participated today, they have been rehearsing loads and it paid off, they were amazing.

“I just hope we can help Great Britain win the title and that our efforts help spur on the GB Olympic team.

“The students are so excited about the Olympics and we wanted to do our bit in bringing the celebrations to our area.

“The students, from ages seven to 16 were great and danced their socks off.”

Organisers are now waiting to hear if the record has been broken.