A photo has
been obtained for the
1996 Guinness World
This page shows Guinness World Records for
"World's Largest Line Dance" and
"World's Largest Country Line Dance"
The most recent record is listed first, followed by the
Note: As of the 2007 record, Guinness
has changed the wording of the line dance world record.
records were called "World's Largest Country Line Dance".
Their website now
refers simply to 'largest line dance'; the word 'country' is
|Atlanta, Georgia August 2007:
According to the
current (2010) Guinness World Records website...
"The largest line dance
involved 17,000 participants who performed the Cupid Shuffle for 8 minutes at
the Ebony Black Family Reunion Tour in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, on 25 August
Congratulations to all those linedancers for setting the current
|Hong Kong, December 2002:
According to the
current (Sep.2003) Guinness World Records website...
"A gathering of 12,168
line dancers took place at the Happy Valley Recreation Ground, Hong Kong on 29
December 2002. The attempt was organised by The Community Chest of Hong Kong,
the Hong Kong Dance Federation, the Home Affairs Department, Leisure and
Cultural Services Department and Television Broadcasts Limited. They danced to
'Baby Likes To Rock It' for 7 min 40 sec."
Oddly, Guinness failed to mention
the name of the line dance used, but I asked the right person in Hong Kong and
I found out that the line dance used was "Baby Likes To Rock It" by Hillbilly
This is still the largest record for "Country Line Dancing" since
the Atlanta event was a style of linedancing classified as "soul line dancing".
The line dancers of Singapore and some from
neighbouring Malaysia showed up en force on May 1, 2002 at the huge Expo
Center in Singapore. It was an awesome sight. That word "awesome"
is overused nowadays, but it could not be more appropriate here. Imagine
6 or maybe 8 football fields worth of dancers quite closely packed. There were
sections with school kids who learned to line dance in their P.E. classes.
And many seniors were present. Just about every line dance instructor
brought almost all their students.
The line dance chosen for this attempt,
Swing, was choreographed by Bill Bader of Vancouver, British Columbia,
Canada who was flown in for the project to help leading the crowd and teach a
dance workshop afterward.
Accountants were hired to monitor the world record
attempt and verify the numbers of dancers. The official counting needed to be
done before all 13,500 ticketed dancers understood that they were in their
designated spots, as it was 20-30 minutes prior to the actual excitement of
dancing for the record. But once everyone gathered, it was an amazing
sight. Huge video screens around the huge space were used to project the
dancing so that all could see, alternating between those of on the stage and
those thousands on the main floor.
Guinness World Records recognized this
attempt as the official "World's Largest Country Line Dance" with 11,967 line
dancers according to the letter received by Mr. Peter Ng of NTUC Income
Cooperative in Singapore, the main corporate sponsor of the world record
Whatever the official numbers were - versus what the ticket numbers
told - it was certainly a hugely successful charity fundraiser; at $2 a head,
there was a whopping $27,500 raised for the Heart Fund, topped up to $30,000 by
On the following day, the front page of Singapore's major newspaper,
the Singapore Straits Times, had a big photo spread and very supportive
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|Tamworth 1997-2002: 5,502 -
Line Dancing World Records were set in 6 consecutive years (!) in the
small but dynamic town of Tamworth, New South Wales, Australia. There,
for the past few decades, they have held the Tamworth Country Music Festival.
Starting in 1997, in conjunction with the music festival, organizers arranged
for the "Longest Line" event -- the town closes it main street for 8 blocks or
more, line dancers gather together on the morning of the last day of the
festival (Sunday), and the participants try to set the world record. This
attracts a large percentage of the 10,000-30,000 people who attend the annual
festival. Grizzly Adams hosts the Longest Line, and Julie Talbot,
well-known line dance instructor from the Sydney area, does a quick lesson of
Scootin' Boogie" choreographed by Bill Bader, a line dance that most
Australians learn in their beginner classes.
The amazing Aussies broke their
own world record year after year. The "Longest Line" has been even been
featured on international TV shows. Here are the numbers of dancers who
participated in the "Longest Line":
TAMWORTH WORLD RECORDS:
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|Redwood City, California, July
was performed by more than 3700 dancers on July 4, 1996 in Redwood City, CA in
the San Francisco Bay Area. This won the 1996 Guinness World Record for
the World's Largest Line Dance." Source:
and Evelyn Khinoo (photo).
|Noteworthy UNOFFICIAL Records
Laughlin, a small town south of Las Vegas, was the site for a
very large (and long) line dance event in in the early 1990's. Estimates
range from 8,000 to over 10,000 dancers. But this event was not submitted for
recognition by Guinness World Records and did not have the necessary monitors
to verify the attempt. This in no way negates the obvious size of the
event. The dance used was "Jungle Jam" choreographed by Charlotte
Source: Charlotte Skeeters, one of the organizers
of the event.