Broken Today, In Central Park,  A New Guinness Record: Most Ballerinas On Pointe At One Time

Below: A compelling video report by the New York Post which shows Michele Wiles and Craig Salstein of the ABT

Below: An excellent onlooker video of the 241 ballerinas on pointes event which wast posted by BalletAmbassadors

Below: Three photographs of the event by New York Times photographer Timothy A Clary for AFP/Getty Images

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Update: Gene Schiavone has linked to a DNAInfo slideshow here.

Update: A report in the New York Daily News reflects the participants’ enthusiasm, it says 241 actually participated, and it includes a new photograph. 

News sites are reporting that 230 dancers set a record of 1 minute and 7 seconds on pointes, and this will be entered in the Guinness Book Of Records. Well done.

Gene Schiavone’s Facebook pages for the world record attempt with Gene’s official photographs when ready can be found here and here. We have asked Gene to send us a high-resolution shot, and in the Acrobat version that blows up when you click, many dancers should be identifiable.

The videos below are for two of the earlier Guinness records, 191 and 220 ballerinas on pointe, and if there is a video put online for the previous record (226) and today’s new new record, we will post those as well.

1) Here combined with the largest-ever class, in Pretoria, South Africa, 18 November 2007 (191)

2) The Youth America Grand Prix competitors here in Manhattan on 18 May 2009 (220)

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