Yesterday afternoon, along the seafront promenade in Ayia Napa, 754 people, uniformly dressed in jeans, a white T-shirt and a blue scarf around the neck with the logo of the Municipality of Ayia Napa and the Guinness Book of Records, danced in sync consecutive minutes.
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the choreographers were on a special platform in front of their group and wore a red scarf around their neck instead of a blue one.
Crowds had flooded the parking lot in the port of Ayia Napa in the early afternoon, while dancers of all ages, after being registered in catalogs, then taking their blouse and scarf, gathered at the place where the dance would take place.
The video and photos of the efforts of the Municipality of Ayia Napa will be sent together with the testimony of the two Guinness World Records lawyers, who were present both at the counting of the participants and at the dance.
The Municipality expects that within the month the Guinness Book of Records will send the diploma which will state that the record has been broken with the participation of 754 people who danced for five consecutive minutes synchronized the steps of the zeibek.
After the dance, the Mayor of Ayia Napa, Giannis Karousos, said that "with the counts we had, we are sure that we will break this Guinness record and we will have one more place. We have managed in a smart and creative way to promote Ayia Napa, to advertise and promote Cyprus abroad, since the video with the zeibek will be shown in all countries of the world ".
He added that "once again Ayia Napa creates culture because we need to know that in order to have tourism you also need to have culture. The tourists who came here today and have experienced this impressive experience, will return to their country with a little Ayia Napa in their luggage and we are sure that they will visit us again ".
Answering a question, Mr. Karousos said that "every Sunday on the last day of the International Festival of Ayia Napa, we have established to break a Guinness record. Next year, on the last Sunday, we will make another effort and we ask the citizens and the people in general to contact us to inform us about their ideas ".
At the same time, he thanked "all the people who participated in the effort to break another Guinness record, coming from all corners of free Cyprus. "This proves once again that when we are united and help each other, we can achieve a lot."
The Secretary of the Council of Ministers, Theodosis Tsiolas, under whose auspices the event took place, stated that "the effort is very important for the cultural events of the Municipality of Ayia Napa. We must be by the side of the Municipality to support all in the effort that is being made, that is why I am present this year to support this effort ".
At the same time, he expressed the appreciation that "the Municipality and the Municipal Council of Ayia Napa managed to put another stone on the tourist map of Cyprus, that is why we are by their side".
Besides, Christos Siakallis, choreographer, choreographer, who simplified the steps of dance, stated that “zeibekiko is a free solo dance. However, for the needs of the Guinness record, we simplified the steps so that all the participants could dance them, since everyone would have to dance the same steps for five minutes in sync ".
I believe, he continued, "that we succeeded, we were all coordinated and I hope we will break the record".
The event was also attended by the world-famous dancer of Shakira and Rihanna, Yanet Fuentes, who danced from a special stage with Christos Siakallis the steps of the zeibek.
Answering questions from journalists, Yanet Fuentes said that this is not the first time she has visited Cyprus and that she has visited our island 4-5 more times.
She added that her participation in the effort was for her very satisfactory, while expressing her surprise at the fact that the whole process was completed very quickly. "While I was preparing for the attempt, it suddenly ended. "I do not think it is over," he said.
He stated that he wants to learn more Greek dances because "they have a very nice rhythm. I am familiar with dance since I am a dancer and I like anything that has to do with dance ". He also said that he would very much like to visit Cyprus next year and take part in another attempt to break the Guinness record "if of course the Mayor wants her presence".