ILKESTON kids have smashed their way into the record books with a phenomenal Bollywood dance in Ilkeston Market Place.
Unprecedented crowds of thousands gathered on Tuesday to see 2,154 schoolchildren aged from two to 19 – and a few adults – perform a Bollywood dance they had all been learning over the past few weeks.
Former weatherman Des Coleman was the lively compere for the event.
He told the Advertiser after coming off stage: “It’s absolutely stunning to think we can bring more than 3,000 people into the town square.
“And just incredible that they managed to break the World Record.
“It just shows how supportive the people of Ilkeston are of events in their town.”
Nisha Nath, from Derby-based Surtal Arts, led the students from Ilkeston School, Chaucer Juniors and Infants, Kensington Juniors, Larklands Infants, Hallam Fields Juniors, Field House Primary, Granby Juniors and Bennerley Fields through the complex Bollywood dance moves from a stage set up in front of the town hall.
She said: “I have been doing Bollywood dancing for so many years and this is the biggest event I have ever been a part of.
“It’s great to be doing it here in Ilkeston – you wouldn’t expect something like this here.
“It’s going to go down in Ilkeston’s history, I think.”
The event was organised by Ilkeston School’s arts co-ordinator Kate Le Prevost who broke the news to the crowds that they had beaten the previous record of 1,400 dancers.
“We have smashed the world record!” she said.
“I would like to say a big thank you to everyone whose made this happen. All of the schools involved have been fantastic.”
The Hallam Fields School newspaper team, Christel Draycott, Charlotte Samuel and Jamie Binch said: “It’s a Bollywood bonanza. It’s been amazing and it’s so exciting that we’re record breakers.
“It was brilliant to take part, really good fun.”
Seven-year-old Liam Fletcher from Chaucer Infants said: “I had loads of fun dancing. I practised a lot but it was really easy.”
Des joined in the dance on stage, along with Mayor of Erewash Kevin Miller.
“I’m so proud of Ilkeston today,” said Cllr Miller. “I’m proud of everyone that took part – we’re all record breakers. I really enjoyed the dancing and might take it up as a hobby. It’s been a fantastic day for the area.”
Advertiser editor Peter Hemmett was one of the adjudicators making sure all the participants were dancing. He said: “I thought it was marvellous to see Ilkeston Market Place so busy and bustling. I had a great time and it looked like the kids did too. I hope to see more events like this in Ilkeston in the future.”
And Steve Daniels, headteacher of Ilkeston School, added: “It was so exciting – I was down there dancing too.
“It’s great for the town and all the schools to be part of a successful World Record attempt. A lot of credit must go to Kate Le Prevost for her leadership, planning and organisation.”