Be part of the world's largest umbrella dance!

A Bath graduate is giving people the chance to dance their way into the record books – inviting local people to take part in the World’s Largest Umbrella Dance on Sunday 2 May in Bath.

The five minute specially adapted version of Gene Kelly's ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ is suitable for anyone aged five and over. It will last just over five minutes, and must include an umbrella to set the record at 12 noon in Laura Place.

Organiser James Whitehead, Director of Bath’s International Festival and a PhD graduate from the University, will lead the dance with his partner Joanna Kucia, also a Bath graduate.

It follows their success last year when 630 dancers in Bath smashed the world record for the largest waltz.

The University’s Latin & Ballroom Dance Club is hosting a free training session to help people learn the dance steps next Sunday 25 April at 9.30pm in the Claverton Rooms.

James said: “Being a World Record holder would be a fantastic achievement for anyone, and something truly special to be involved in. We want to stress that it is a free event, open to anyone and we urge people to join in and be part of this wonderful atmosphere.

“This year’s record attempt symbolises our ethos to encourage participation in dance – not only does dance keep you fit and active, but it also encourages a fun, social vibrancy in bringing people together.”

All the information needed to take part is available on the Bath International Dance Festival website. It is free to take part but people must register in advance to receive an entry number. There is a simple video online to watch and learn the basic steps.

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