Memphis, Tenn. (November 12, 2009)— A total of 297 cheerleaders from across the Mid-South successfully cheered and danced their way into the history books, breaking the Guinness World Record for the largest cheerleading dance.
The record-breaking routine was performed at the Universal Cheerleaders Association’s Mid-South Regional cheerleading event held November 7 at the University of Memphis.Officially, 307 cheerleaders and dancers began their routine and cheered for five and a half minutes. Cheerleaders were prepped to perform a sideline cheer they learned at camp, along with the “Cupid Shuffle.” To break the record, all participants had to be properly uniformed, registered to participate and versed in the dance routine. Representatives of the Guinness World Records were present to certify the cheerleaders’ performance.
The record attempt was performed in conjunction with Guinness World Records Day, which is celebrated November 12 worldwide. Each country will spotlight the various record attempts being made that day.
“Our cheerleaders are honored to represent the United States during Guinness World Records Day,” said John Newby, UCA general manager and senior vice president. “This record is a shining example of the enthusiastic spirit, competitive drive and dedication that lives in every cheerleader.” This performance broke a record set earlier this year by a group of 225 UCA cheerleaders at an event sponsored by Baskin-Robbins.
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