Lake Norman & Mooresville

Wanted: Dancers to set a world record

Organizers are counting on 2,000 Lake Norman residents to help them set a world record for largest group dance class next month, while raising money for a worthy cause.

The group intends to break the Guinness Book of World Records mark set July 22, 2007, by 1,830 Muscovites who learned the cha cha cha in a stadium in Moscow, Russia.

The Lake Norman group will learn simple dance steps in its record-breaking attempt outside the former Palace theater in Kenton Place, said Joshua Hurley, marketing director for the nearby Havana Social Club, the event's organizer.

Called the Lake Norman Big Give Festival, the event will raise money for USO North Carolina, which provides goods and services to current and former military and their families. Representatives of the military plan to attend and lend support.

The festival will include children's games, and businesses will display products and services.

“The whole festival will be about giving back – from the volunteers who are working the festival to the vendors who are donating goods and proceeds, and to the participants who are giving to be part of the world record,” Hurley said. “Everyone can give something that day.”

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Participants are asked to donate at least $10 and bring at least one canned food item. They also can donate old or used cell phones to provide free phone cards to soldiers.

The festival's goal each year will be to break the world record again, Hurley said.

“We need a festival that is deserving of Lake Norman and one that we can look forward to and be proud of,” he said.