Denis Foynes – Nearly 20 years since Riverdance took the world by storm, the dance’s popularity has shown no sign of weakening. Irish dancers have set a world record for the largest performance of Riverdance.
More than 2,000 performers from 163 dance schools in 44 countries, including Mexico, Uzbekistan, and Japan, gathered in a snaking line along the banks of the River Liffey in the centre of Dublin.
“It’s just so fitting that we have the world record here in Dublin, along the banks of the River Liffey, where Riverdance originally started back in 1994,” Padraic Moyles, a Riverdance member for more than a decade, said.
“It’s amazing what this small country can do, isn’t it? Through our poets, our playwrights, our musicians and our dancers…we’ve gone to all four corners of the world and we spread a positive message all the time.
“It should be something that we’re all extremely proud of,” he said.
Thousands of people gathered around the river to watch the performance and celebrate the achievement. The record attempt was part of The Gathering, a year-long ambition to attract tourists from around the world to visit the country to find their roots and discover the culture.
The previous record of 652 people dancing in a continuous line was held by a group in Nashville, Tennessee.