Made in Cambodia – A new world record of most people dancing Madison

On June 18, 2011, a new world record with the great number of people dancing Madison was made in Feucherolles, France. There were 459 participants setting a world record for the biggest Madison dance at one place. “But today Loy9, in Cambodia 1,100 youths break a new world record,” said Loy9 project director, Colin Spurway.

Dancing Madison to break a new world record. / Photo supplied Starting from 2pm on Saturday 28, June, in front of Wat Botom, the constant stream of people slowly gathered around. They had the same purpose – to help Cambodia break Guinness world record of dancing Madison with the most number of people.

To have everyone in the same step, participants have been separated into small groups to get trained before the actual dance. After a few practices, every small group was merged into a bigger one to start an official dancing right at 3:30pm.

Music started and everyone stood in lines. The sound of handclaps from more than a thousand people created a catchy rhythm along with Madison melody. With smile on faces, they moved their legs to the left and to the right to form Madison choreography. That was the moment the new world record has been broken.

“More than a thousand youths took part in the event – well over the previous world record set in France - many hundreds more than we expected,” said Pech Pisey, Loy9 project coordinator.

She continued, “Loy9 had formally registered its world record attempt and has now submitted video evidence and written statements from Saturday event. So now we are waiting to find out the official number of dancers and to know if Cambodia will; therefore, be recognized as the new world record holder.”

Dancing Madison to break a new world record. / Photo by Nhem Piseth Met Sokanhary, a student of National University of Management, said, “I join this event because it creates something that is so fun for young people.” Sokanhary knew the event from her teacher, so she decided to join it with her friend.

She added, “I know how to dance Madison after having joined this event, I hope that next time we will get and learn more from other aspects of culture.”

With smiling face after finishing the dance, Chea Monyroth, a student at University of Cambodia, said, “This event surprises me by young Cambodian people; They make me burst into ‘wow’. Everyone has done a good job.” He happily added, “I believe that young Cambodian people can do it. This is the first time ever for Cambodia to step on the stage for the international world record.” writers and other participants in the event. / Photo by Nhem Piseth The world record-breaking event will be the part of the last episode of season of the Loy9 TV show. This last episode is scheduled to screen on May 6, 2012.

“Its radio, online and live events will take place throughout this year and will then continue to run alongside a second series of the TV show, which is planned for early 2013,” said Colin Spurway.

Loy9 is a TV magazine, a project implemented by BBC Media Action and funded by UNDP. The show is screened on CTN every Sunday evening at 8pm.

Article by: Samreth Meta
Photo by: Nhem Piseth
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