Nearly 3,000 Tahitian Dancers Set World Record

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Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

French Polynesia group recorded by Guinness Book of Records

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Feb. 1, 2016) – A new world record has been set in French Polynesia with 2,980 people joining for a traditional Tahitian dance performance.

The organisers want to have the performance registered in the Guinness Book of Records to eclipse a dancing event in Mexico last year.

To comply with Guinness rules, the dance had to be performed at a set time, reportedly excluding hundreds of willing participants who were stuck in traffic trying to reach the site.

Last year, Tahiti made it into the Guinness Book of Records with the largest band of ukulele players in the world, when 4,750 people joined for a rendition of a traditional song.

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