Since it first appeared on our screens in 1994, Riverdance has broken all sorts of records. This July, in Dublin City, they’re at it again
At noon on Sunday 21 July, as part of The Gathering Ireland’s year-long celebration of all things Irish, Dublin broke the Guinness World Record for the longest Riverdance line of dancers. The record previously stood at 652 dancers and was set in Nashville Tennessee, USA.
Record breaking River Liffey
1693 people from 44 countries including 1 from Norway, 1 from Finland and 2 from Denmark, came together along the banks of the River Liffey in Dublin city to break the World Record for the Longest Line of Riverdance, including acclaimed dancer Jean Butler. A New Yorker with Irish roots, Jean took the world by storm 19 years ago at the first Riverdance performance in the 1994 Eurovision Finals.
It wasn’t just members of the troupe who participated in the longest Riverdance line – amateurs and professionals alike were welcome. But all participants were expected to master the basic Riverdance steps and received online tutorials to prepare them for the occasion. Dancers travelled to the event from as far away as the US, Australia, China, and Saudi Arabia, as well as large numbers who came from Great Britain.
The line stretched over 1km along the River Liffey in Dublin’s city centre, stretching past iconic buildings such as the new Dublin’s Convention Centre, the Custom House and across the contemporary Samuel Beckett Bridge, named after the Irish Nobel prize winning writer.
Riverdance – The Gathering
The Longest Line record breaking attempt is part of ‘Riverdance – The Gathering’, a one-off Gathering event in a year that will see over 4000 events, big and small, take place throughout Ireland as part of the Gathering Ireland 2013. It is a celebration of all things Irish – its people, its unique culture, heritage and rich history! It is about the people of Ireland throwing open their arms and inviting anyone who feels a connection to Ireland to come and visit in 2013.
Riverdance – did you know?
Since Riverdance began performances in Dublin 1995, the show has…
- Played 10,000 performances
- Been seen live by over 23 million people in over 350 venues world-wide, throughout 45 countries across 6 continents
- Travelled 600,000 miles (or to the moon and back!)
- Played to a global television audience of 2 billion people
- Sold over 3 million copies of the Grammy Award-winning CD
- Sold 10 million Riverdance videos & DVDs
- Performed recently to America’s first family: Michelle, Sasha and Malia Obama at the Gaiety Theatre. First Lady, Michelle Obama was first on her feet leading the standing ovation at the end of the show.
And the Gathering Ireland 2013 hasn’t finished yet. We’re only halfway through the year’s 4,000 planned Gatherings, big and small, so there’s no excuse to miss out. Upcoming highlights include: FlightFest, Cork Rebel Week, NYE Festival and much much more. See you there!