By Ellen Hill
The Blue Mountains Charleston Challenge at Leura is preparing to smash the world record for the most costumed people dancing the Charleston.
Hundreds of “flappers’’ and “gangsters’’ dressed in 1920s gear will gather in Leura Mall at 11am on Saturday, February 2, eager to high kick the previous record set at the Vintage Swing Festival in Ljubljana, Slovenia, in April 2008 with 250 dancers.
The event will officially launch Blue Mountains Lithgow & Oberon Tourism’s popular Roaring 20s Festival and all that Jazz to be held at various venues throughout the region during February.
Festival director Sandy Luxford said the number of people set to release their corseted rebellious streak, don Mary Jane shoes and boas or braces and fedoras and dance in the street was steadily rising.
“We need at least 251 people dancing for five minutes in costume this year. I know we’re going to do it this year because most of the people who danced last year have registered again along with many fresh faces.
“Leura Mall will again be spectacularly lined with gorgeous vintage cars and costumed people wandering about. It will feel like you’ve time warped back to the era.’’
The Charleston dance routine can be viewed at www.roaring20s.com.au, there will be a practice dance session before the official attempt and dance leaders stationed along Leura Mall. Dancers must register for the world record attempt to be valid. Details: www.roaring20s.com.au.