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Romania’s Syrtaki World Record Hopes Dashed by Rain, Greece Still the Record-Holder (Video)


Romanian hopes of setting a Guinness Book World Record for dancing Greece’s famous syrtaki dance from the 1964 film “Zorba the Greek” were dashed over the weekend. A storm struck the Black Sea port on Saturday making the ability to beat the current Greek record unattainable.

Even though the storm orginally caused event organizers to cancel the dance contest, they later decided to not cancel the festivities entirely.

The event was organized by Elpis Constanta, a local Greek community. Constanta is a city in Romania with strong Greek links and was once a Greek colony. The organizers of the event say that 6,000 dancers joined in, however Seyda Sibasi Gernici said that the count was invalid because it was too dark to hold an accurate count.

The current world record for syrtaki was set in Volos, Greece, in 2012 when 5,614 people danced to the tune of Zorba.

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