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Delhi hosts world's longest dance party

July 12, 2004 14:20 IST

Sorry, Cleveland. Your record of hosting the world's longest dance party has been broken by 40 dancers of Delhi who have set a new world record by dancing non-stop for a whopping 55 hours.

Dancing continuously since Friday evening except for small breaks allowed under the rules of the Guinness Book of World Records, the 40 youngsters broke the Cleveland record of 52 hours and three minutes at 2200 IST on Sunday, going on to set a new record of 55 hours around midnight.

Confetti blasts and screams of elation marked the moment of glory at the setting of the event in Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, more so as the tremendous feat meant bringing back the record to India.

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The dance party in Cleveland, US, had broken the record of an MTV party in Gurgaon, Haryana, in 1999, which had gone on for 50 hours.

According to the rules, at least 75 per cent of the dancers had to be on the floor at any given time; there was a break of 10 minutes at the end of every one hour and all the 40 dancers got a break of 15 minutes after every eight hours.

The 40 dancers, some of them professional, who took part in the record-breaking event, were chosen after a thorough screening comprising auditions and medical check-ups.

Thousands of Delhiites participated in the event and shook a leg after buying a Rs 100 ticket. But a good chunk of the teenage population could not be part of the event as those under 16 were not allowed.

"There were cheers all around, confetti was sprayed all over and Delhiites who had joined the party were jumping in joy and waving 'v' signs when the announcement about breaking the Cleveland record was made," Rajlakshmi

Bhattacharjee of Consultants Pvt Ltd, one of the event managers, told PTI on Monday.

Around midnight though, when the new record of 55 hours was created, the denizens could not join in the celebrations as by then police had asked them to disperse.

The event has been recorded on camera and the tapes will be sent to the Guinness Book of World Records as well as the Limca Book of Records.

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