Secondary school aims to break dance record in aid of children's hospital


A Mayo secondary school will attempt to raise funds for a children’s hospital and at the same time set a world record for the most people performing a Rock the Boat dance together.

St Mary’s secondary school in Ballina, Co Mayo, needs more than 1,428 people to dance at the same time to break the record. They have appealed for volunteers to join in and for donors to support the hospital fundraising event.

The current record for a Rock the Boat dance formation was set in Armagh in last September.

The school has invited all surrounding schools and local businesses to help make up the numbers for its “ Snap Craicle and Rock” event. The world record attempt next Tuesday morning will be in aid of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin, Dublin.

Rock the Boat was a 1970s song by the Hues Corporation.

It is usually accompanied by a dance involving people sitting in rows on the floor and swaying to the music in a row-the-boat motion.

The all-girl secondary school is “confident” that it will manage to break the record, it said. It would be the second Guinness World Record achieved by the school.

In 2008 it broke the record for the most participants to take part in a high-heels race, which had 763 participants.