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Colombian dance company breaks Guinness world record for salsa dancing

How many videos of people dancing to the same song can be uploaded to Facebook in an hour?

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It seemed impossible, especially in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, but the music and dance company Delirio has set the first record for online dance videos in Latin America, testing the capacity of social media and people's desire to party and 'salsa.' 

The Cali-based dance company told EFE that up to 343 videos from hundreds of people were posted on Facebook one hour after being invited to participate in the virtual party in June, which Guinness has just verified. 

The production of "En Cali nos llaman baile" lasted about ten weeks and hundreds of thousands of people participated, many of whom recorded themselves dancing to the song "Cali Pachanguero" by the musician Jairo Varela for 20 seconds. 

"The Delirio Foundation would like to thank the more than 120,000 people who connected to this great virtual dance party, as well as the nearly 5,000 who danced to make history on Cali's 484th birthday, which is celebrated every July 25th," said the company.

The manager of the Guinness World Records team for Latin America, Raquel Assis, said that although "it was a long process of verification," it was also "lovely to see each of the participants giving their best, from children to seniors, dancing."

After more than a decade of work and around 500 performances, Fundación Delirio brings together all kinds of musicians and artists and has four salsa schools, a circus school, an orchestra and two hundred artists on stage. 

"We are very happy and excited because we managed once again to show that dance is one of our forms of communication. We set out to break a new world record and we did it," said Andrea Buenaventura, director of the Delirio Foundation.

This is not the only dance record that has been set in Latin America. In 2019, the Plaza de la Liberación in Jalisco was taken over by 882 traditional dancers, breaking the world's largest folk dance record.

There were also other records as or more showy and delirious, such as the one organized in Brazil, where the largest human mattress domino in history was broadcast, involving 2,019 people who fell on top of each other in sequence, generating a domino effect. 

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