Nearly 900 Mexican artists set world record for folk dance

August 25, 2019 – 9:00

Mariachi dancers pose with the Guinness World Record for Greatest Mexican Folk Dance in Guadalajara, Jalisco State, Mexico, August 24, 2019. AFP / Ulises Ruiz

Guadalajara, Mexico: Nearly 900 people whirled and stomped to mariachi music in the Mexican city of Guadalajara to set a Guinness Record for the world’s greatest folk dance.

The sweltering heat did not dampen the enthusiasm of the 882 men and women, who showed up on Saturday in traditional costumes with vivid embroidery and bright colors to break the previous record, also set in Guadalajara in 2011 with 457 participants.

“This new record shows that our traditions continue to spread among young people,” Xavier Orendain, president of the Guadalajara Chamber of Commerce and organizer of the event, told reporters.

Dancers had to perform a choreographed routine for at least five non-stop minutes in order to qualify for the record, Guinness judge Carlos Tapia said.

A woman dances to traditional Mariachi music to break the Guinness World Record for Greatest Mexican Folk Dance in Guadalajara, Jalisco State, Mexico. AFP / Ulises Ruiz

Their outfits were also noted, he added, with male dancers wearing traditional “charro” costumes with hats and ties, while the women wore vibrant dresses, bold jewelry and ribbons in their hair. .

The dancers, who were mostly from folk ballet schools, moved to a mix of mariachi standards, dazzling audiences.

“It’s impressive to see so much coordination and such a complete expression of Mexican culture, it’s the best,” spectator Karla Gallardo, 24, told AFP.

“Yes we can!” participants shouted for joy at the announcement of the Guinness Record.

Aerial view of couples dancing to traditional Mariachi music to break the Guinness World Record for Greatest Mexican Folk Dancers in Guadalajara, Jalisco state, Mexico, August 24, 2019. AFP / Ulises Ruiz