BBC’s ‘The Big Dance’ Coming To Ely

Image: The Big Dance

As you may or may not be aware, Ely has been chosen as the Cambridgeshire venue for the BBC’s Guinness Book of Records attempt to have the most number of people dancing a set routine at the same time. Locations have been selected up and down the country and it is hoped that 80,000 people will participate in this Big Dance.

The BBC are working with the Arts Council, BBC Radio Stations and location organisers to put on this national event on Saturday 22nd July. At 11.30 am a professional dancer (yet to be named for our area) will arrive in Jubilee Gardens to rehearse the routine with as many local dance groups as possible. The idea being that dance groups will naturally pick the routine up much quicker and then when the general public join in at 12.30 pm there will be more people to follow. The routine is only ten minutes long and has been devised to suit all ages and disabilities. Radio Cambridgeshire will be broadcasting live from 11.30 am until 2.30 pm in the Gardens and the ten minute routine (and possibly more) from 12.30 pm to 12.40 pm will be recorded. Clips from all the locations will form part of a 1½ hour show on BBC that evening. The show, presented by Bruce Forsyth will appear in two parts – an hour show before Casualty and half an hour after Casualty.

Any dance groups willing to participate should be at the Gardens by 11.30 am for the practise and then encourage as many of your friends and families to join in this world record attempt at 12.30 pm.