This Saturday will see a world record attempt for the largest umbrella dance, with hundreds of people performing a choreographed routine to the classic ‘Singin’ in the rain’.
The event, which will take place at Endcliffe Park, has been organised by a group of event management students, known as C-JEM, who were required to put on an event as part of their course.
They are now urging as many people as possible to bring out their umbrellas and wellies, and perform the simple routine. The steps can be learnt beforehand by watching the videos on YouTube.
The world record attempt will also be a fundraiser for the charities Banardos and Sheffield Mencap, with all donations being split between the two.
Event organiser Emma Julius, aged 22, said: “We were told to do something as innovative and creative as possible, and the idea for a world record attempt came from that.
“We ask that people learn the dance moves before, but there will be time to learn them on the day.”
The world record currently stands at 322 participants, and was set on 5th August 2010 in Puducherry, India.
Organiser Charlotte Scott, aged 21, said: “This is the first big event we’ve had to do and there is a lot of pressure. We didn’t realise just how big it was.
“The event costs £3 to take part, and there will also be raffles and donations. We hope to raise around £1000.”
The local media has picked up on the event, and the group have been interviewed on Radio Sheffield, Magic AM, and Burnsgreave Community Radio.
They have also got involved with the Forge School Sport Partnership, who has been promoting the event in local schools. They now have children from St Joseph’s, Ecclesall Primary, and Greystones Primary School taking part.
If you’d like to get involved the event takes place this Saturday 19th March at Endcliffe Park. Registration starts at 10.30am, with the dance taking place at 1.45pm. There is a £3 entry fee with all money going to charity.
To find more information, and to learn the dance moves, go to www.umbrelladancesheffield.org
And don’t forget to check back here next week to see if the record has been broken, and to see how much money was raised, along with a video of the dance!
By Phil Corker