Fountain Square to host record breaking samba dance attempt

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX 19) – An attempt to break the record for the World's Largest Samba dance will be made on Friday, April 15, 2011 with "Samba on the Square".

The event, from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on downtown Cincinnati's Fountain Square, will mark the start of the 2011 Krohn Conservatory Butterfly Show featuring the Butterflies of Brazil. The Butterfly Show will run from Saturday, April 16 through Sunday, June 26.

Currently, the Guinness Book of World Record holder for the World's Largest Samba Dance is the Brazilian samba school, Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel. That record was set in 2010. "With all of the excitement surrounding this year's electrifying Butterflies of Brazil show, we are confident that we can gather close to 1,000 people or more to become part of this once-in-a-lifetime flash mob 'Samba on the Square' experience," said Andrea Schepmann, General Manager of the Krohn Conservatory. "The Samba is just one dimension of the vibrant modernism of the AfroBrazilian culture in which visitors to this year's Butterfly Show will be immersed. And what a way to welcome some of the world's most spectacular butterflies!"

A formal application for the world record attempt has been filed with the Guinness Book of World records in London. Jeremy Mainous, owner of the Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Blue Ash, will lead the crowd in performing the record-breaking samba. For anyone wishing to learn the dance prior to the event, a demonstration of the dance he will be leading has been posted online at "The dance we'll be doing can be learned in minutes," says Mainous. "And those deep, tribal samba rhythms just move and propel you to just keep on dancing!"

The dance step sequence Jeremy demonstrates on the video will be repeated several times during the world record dance attempt. Jeremy will also be at Krohn Conservatory on Sunday, April 3 from 1-3 p.m. demonstrating the dance for anyone who wants to practice with a group prior to participating in Samba on the Square.

For more information, contact Joyce Kamen at 513.543.8109; or Manda Hurdelbrink at 513.324.8610.

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