When the elementary school students from Dothan, Ala., look back on their school year, they might recall learning their multiplication tables or reading their first chapter books. But their most memorable memory will surely be gathering in their local civic center to set a new Guinness World Record for the world’s largest hip hop dance routine.
Nearly 2,000 third, fourth and fifth grade students bested the standing record, set by 1,000 Japanese students. Performing simple choreography to jazz-infused, kid-friendly beats, the children were joined off-camera by their younger classmates, who danced in their classrooms. According to a local newspaper, the dancers spent eight weeks practicing for the big day. The initiative was part of Patti Rutland Jazz’s outreach program, an arts education curriculum that supplements classroom learning in a state whose school districts are historically underfunded.
No word on whether the kids plan to keep on dancing, but they would certainly make for an adorable flash mob if you find yourself in southeastern Alabama looking to stage an elaborate proposal.