Blue Peter London Finale Sets Hoop Dance Record

Blue Peter Hula Hoop Record Attempt

Blue Peter Hoop Dancers

Blue Peter, the world’s longest running Children’s Television program out of England that previously made Sharna Rose’s dream come true, has said goodbye to London. The BBC reports that the show made its final broadcast from the BBC’s Television Centre before moving to Salford and as part of the farewell, the team broke the world record for the most people to hoop dance simultaneously. Former Blue Peter presenters Diane-Louise Jordan and Anthea Turner returned for the final London show to participate in the world record hula-hooping challenge. A Guinness World Records official confirmed that a new record had been set after 426 people managed to simultaneously dance with hula hoops for two minutes – beating the previous record of 326. The Guardian reports that despite the disqualification of 10 hula-hoopers – including presenter Andy Akinwolere, whose last show it was – the record was set. Watch the video here. While the record has been confirmed, we’ve recently reported on Schick Elementary’s attempt in the UK, as well as the Kensington School attempt in Australia, both of which had higher numbers, but were “dancing with hoops” rather than “hoop dancing” as we know it.

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4 comments for “Blue Peter London Finale Sets Hoop Dance Record

  1. June 29, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    ‘While the record has been confirmed, we’ve recently reported on Schick Elementary’s attempt in the UK, as well as the Kensington School attempt in Australia, both of which had higher numbers’

    The record was technically different apparently. Something to do with the hoop ment to be spinning at all time. Rather than the hoop been gripped and continued to be ‘danced’ with… Or something along those lines.

    • June 30, 2011 at 3:22 am

      Yes, both of the elementary schools were holding the hoops and dancing while holding them, so I’ve been wondering how Guinness was going to rule in relationship to their attempts, particularly with hoop dance being something so relatively new in the big scheme of things.

  2. June 30, 2011 at 9:00 am

    Now, that really is hoopdancing!

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