Media Release: Schools to dance their way to new world record

HIGHLAND schools are all set to join in with a Guinness World Record attempt this month as part of national celebrations for Big Dance 2012.

This is the first time Scotland has been involved in Big Dance, an interactive annual festival of dance open to absolutely anyone.

This year, Big Dance coincides with the London 2012 Festival, a series of events and celebrations around the UK surrounding the landmark occasion of the London 2012 Olympics.

The Big Dance Schools Pledge encourages pupils and teachers from across the country to learn a short piece of choreography and perform it at 13:00 on 18 May, in a bid to set a new World Record for ‘Largest Dance Routine – Multi-venue’.

The record attempt coincides with the day that the Olympic Torch arrives in the UK.

The dance can be viewed online from the Big Dance website (, alongside helpful suggestions on how to get your school involved.

Eden Court CREATIVE’s dance artist, Louise Marshall, has been encouraging as many schools to take part as possible. On Friday 18 May, Louise will be at Kirkhill Primary School outside Inverness supporting the P4 and P7 classes to perform the choreography.

Louise said: “All the schools I’ve visited in the Highland area have worked really hard.

“The choreography isn’t easy but the staff and students have demonstrated commitment and determination – qualities needed to become an Olympic winner!”

The Big Dance Schools Pledge also encourages pupils to keep active and participate in an additional 20 minutes of dance a day during the UK-wide Big Dance Week (7 – 15 July 2012).

To celebrate this national week of dance, Eden Court will be hosting ‘Big Screen Big Dance’: a variety of movie-based dance classes for all ages, where you can learn your favourite dance routines from the silver screen.

Eden Court Cinema will also be showing some classic dance-themed movies.

For further information on how you can take part with the Big Dance Schools Pledge or to get involved in Eden Court’s Big Screen Big Dance week, call Eden Court CREATIVE on 01463 239 841 or email


For further information, interview requests or to arrange picture opportunities, please contact Eden Court CREATIVE / / 01463 239 841

Notes to editors:

  • Eden Court is the largest multi-arts venue in Scotland. It re-opened in November 2007 following an extensive redevelopment programme, which saw the addition of two purpose built cinemas, a brand new flexible second theatre space and two dance and education studios.
  • Eden Court is the only theatre in Scotland to offer Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) courses in Drama and Dance. These are extracurricular courses, which offer pupils from across Highland the opportunity to study at Eden Court for an SQA Higher Dance, Drama or Intermediate 2 exams.

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Contact: Louise Marshall
Phone: 01463 239 841