Sophie Ellis-Bextor breaks Guinness World Record for largest-ever disco dance

Sophie Ellis-Bextor, who won plaudits over lockdown for her Kitchen Discos, has now helped break the Guinness World Record for holding the largest ever disco dance.

Sophie Ellis-Bextor

The singer helped set the record at Dorset’s Camp Bestival over the weekend, with 598 people having attended the event, which surrounded a giant disco ball and played the classic Sister Sledge anthem ‘We Are Family’.

The Guinness World Record adjudicators on the day, Jack Brockbank and Anouk de Timary, made the official count and outlined how the achievement had beaten the previous record by over 274 people.

The official record-breaking dance was led by disco champion Claire Hodgson MBE in a routine that was choregraphed by her brother, the fellow disco champion Tom Hodgson.

As well as breaking a record, the event also raised money for the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust. Camp Bestival curator Rob da Bank added: “Camp Bestival Dorset festival goers are record breakers… It was amazing to see families and people of all ages come together and show off their best disco moves under the dazzling glitter ball.

“As well as having a huge amount of fun, we’re incredibly proud that the attempt has raised funds for the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust. Huge congratulations to all dancers involved!”

Ellis-Bextor also commented on the record, telling The Sun: “From my own Kitchen Disco to a fully-fledged all-sequin disco extravaganza in the glorious grounds of Lulworth Castle, I am so thrilled to have played a sparkling part in helping Camp Bestival achieve the official Guinness World Records title for the Largest Disco Dance.”

“Congratulations to all you fabulous disco Kings and Queens,” she added.

Ellis-Bextor has become something of a cult figure in recent years, winning fans and raising money with her light-hearted disco-dancing. In November last year, the singer helped raise over £1 million for Children In Need, with her 24-hour non-stop dance marathon.

We salute you, Sophie.

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