Children at a south Norfolk school joined dancers around the globe in trying to set a new world record on the day the Olympic flame is due to arrive in Britain.

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As many as 375 youngsters and adults gathered on the playground at Harleston Primary School today to take part in the Olympics-inspired Big Dance – an international Guinness World Record attempt for “The Largest Simultaneous Dance Routine – Multi Venue”.

Teacher Nicki Hart said: “It was brilliant. The children really enjoyed it, and the sun was shining which made it even better.”

She said they had been practising for weeks to make sure they got the moves right, which were all based on sporting events such as javelin, swimming, cycling and basketball.

Wayne McGregor, resident choreographer at the Royal Ballet, created the routine which lasted almost six minutes and was performed to music by Scanner and Joel Cadbury.

The dance took place simultaneously in more than 1,000 schools throughout the UK and across Europe, USA, South America, South-East Asia, the Middle East and the Far East.

“Young dancers throughout Britain and in our partner countries worldwide have shared a unique moment in time, dancing together and in unison,” said Mr McGregor.

The current record is held by the Netherlands with 264,188 people and 1,472 locations. The official result of the latest attempt is expected to be announced next month.

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