(Thessaloniki, Greece) – As part of the Thessaloniki International Fair, organizers are planning on entering the Guinness Book of World Records for dancing he largest Pontic Omal Dance ever achieved. They hope to break the record for both the length of the dance as well as the number of people who are participating. The plan is for participants to dance the Omal during the concert, Together … With Soul!” that the brothers Konstantinos and Mathaios Tsachouridis will be performing during the fair. This is the 81st year that the fair is being held, and organizers wanted to do something a little different.
In order to achieve this goal, it all starts with submitting an application to the people who are in charge of the Guinness World Records and also HELEXPO, who is in charge of the Thessaloniki International Fair. Once approval is achieved, the exact arrangements for the record-breaking dance will be made. So far, the plan is that the audience members at the concert will perform the dance ad they will encircle the auditorium once the concert starts.
Omal is one of the traditional Pontian dances and it is one of the first to be developed. It is a fairly relaxed dance with a unique gait and only has about six steps. As such, it is expected that audience members will catch on to the dance quickly if they don’t already know it. The Thessaloniki International Fair takes place every year and it is extremely important to the Greek culture. It is so important, in fact, that politicians are often in attendance. Breaking the record for the Omal dance is a way for the Fair to achieve an even greater level of importance. Thousands of people each year attend the fair and this year proves to be no different.