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Ayia Napa plans another dance record

Preparing for an earlier world dancing record in Ayia Napa

AYIA NAPA aims to break another World Guinness record, this time for the biggest group to dance the ever popular Evdokia zeibekiko, the town’s mayor Yiannis Karousos said on Monday.

The attempt to break the record will take place on September 27 to mark the end of the Ayia Napa International Festival, Karousos said.

Breaking or attempting to break the Guinness World record with synchronised dance moves performed by large groups of dancers has become a tradition for the tourist resort. In 2007 the municipality succeeded in organising the world’s longest chain of syrtaki dancers when 268 people, danced to ‘Zorbas’, but they later lost the title. Last year they tried to break three separate records for the longest dance chain in the Greek ‘Kalamatianos’, the Russian ‘Kalinka’ and the ‘Syrtaki’.

“This year we will try to break the record with zeibekiko,” Karousos said.

The attempt will take place in September 27 at 5pm in Seferis square in Ayia Napa, he said, and the aim is to gather at least 250 people to dance for five minutes.

The dance moves, which can be found at, were simplified so that it will be easy for anyone to participate in the event.

Anyone interested in participating, individuals or groups, professionals and amateurs, may sign up through the municipality’s website. The municipality will cover bus fares of dancing schools that would like to join from all over the island to Ayia Napa.

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