Sophie Ellis Bextor breaks record for biggest ever disco dance at Camp Bestival | The Sun

CAMP BESTIVAL, a disco festival hosted by 'queen of the Kitchen Disco' Sophie Ellis-Bextor, has broken an official world record.

Described as "the UK's favourite family festival", the Dorset event has broken the Guinness World Record for the largest ever disco dance.


598 festival goers got glammed up in sequins and headed for the dance floor.

As they partied beneath a giant disco ball, disco-pop legend Sophie, in a summery floral dress and white sandals, gave the rallying cry to boogie their way into the record books.

The old record of 274 dancers was smashed as Guinness World Records officials verified the result.

While an amazing achievement on its own, the record attempt was to raise funds for the Ellen MacArthure Cancer Trust, which helps young people aged 8-24 who have been diagnosed with the devastating illness.

The official record-breaking dance was led by disco champion Claire Hodgson MBE.

Claire was also representing Diverse City, a charity she founded in 2005 to promote equality in the Arts.

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She received her MBE in 2016 for services to performing arts.

The routine was choreographed by her brother, fellow disco champion Tom Hodgson.

Revellers of all ages and abilities came together to groove to Sister Sledge's disco anthem "We Are Family" to break the record.

Speaking about the achievement, Sophie Ellis-Bextor said: " From my own Kitchen Disco to a fully-fledged all-sequin disco extravaganza in the glorious grounds of Lulworth Castle, I am so thrilled to have played a sparkling part in helping Camp Bestival achieve the official Guinness World Records title for the Largest Disco Dance.

"Congratulations to all you fabulous disco Kings and Queens!"

Claire Hodgson added her voice to Sophie's congratulations, saying: "Choreographing and leading an attempt for the Largest Disco Dance
with my sister, Kim, and brother, Tom, was a dream come true!

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"Disco occupies a massive part of my life and it was truly inspiring to see so many dancers of all ages and abilities coming together to dance, laugh, and celebrate breaking the record together."

Camp Bestival organiser Riba da Bank concluded the statements by saying " As well as having a huge amount of fun, we’re incredibly proud that the attempt has raised funds for the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust. Huge congratulations to all dancers involved!"



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