Salsa World Record attempt

Author: LeighAdams
Published: Wed 7. Jul 2010

Carnaval Del Pueblo


Following the Salsa World Record attempt on 1st August 2010, Leigh Adams, MD of London Salsa said -


"Although we didn't break the world salsa record this time, we did do what we set out to do and that was to show the unifying experience of salsa and Latin music throughout London.  And we do now have the official world record for 316 couples dancing an organised salsa sequence outdoors and indeed 316 couples dancing salsa together in London.


We have also learned a number of important lessons to do with timing, publicity and styling that will make it very easy for us to break this record at our next attempt. So all in all we still feel the attempt was very successful."


The attempt did get coverage on BBC live TV, BBC Radio 94.9 and at the BBC Web site


We need YOU for the Salsa World Record!!!

The attempt took place on 1st August 2010 between 1-2pm (on the day registration from 10.30am) as part of the Carnaval Del Pueblo.


The organisers are attempting to pre register 40 verifiers -
if you hold a respected position in society such as policeman or doctor, please email

World Record to be broken

The current record of 451 couples for the largest salsa dance, set in Caracas, Venezuela, at the Caracas Hilton Hotel on the 1st October 2006.

Carnaval Del Pueblo

Held in London since 1999, Carnaval del Pueblo is the largest Latin American out-door festival in Europe, attracting people from diverse backgrounds in a day of Latin music, dance and fun. 

Carnaval del Pueblo( is the event of the year for all Latinos and lovers of their culture.  Londoners of all communities come together and share this intense cultural experience. The festival brings a Latin experience to London with a carnival procession, Latin American artists on 4 different areas and many other activities in Burgess Park. Supported by Southwark Council, Mayor of London and Arts Council and sponsored by O2.

In 2009 over 130 000 people attended the event.

VIPs, such as Miss UK, and media will be invited to attend

Big Dance Salsa Sequence

The Big Dance Salsa Sequence was created and choreographed by BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing’s choreographer Richard Marcel and Chandy David, the ex Salsa Professional UK Champion

The Big Dance Salsa Sequence includes the major steps and moves used in salsa.

This simple sequence was designed to encourage beginners to take up salsa both for fun and to adopt a healthy lifestyle activity.

A full 8 minute tuition video can be found @

The sequence was filmed at Bar Salsa in June 2010, using the music of Sara McGuinness.

London Salsa/Carnaval Del Pueblo

The organisers of Carnaval del Pueblo and have agreed to work together to make the attempt on the Guinness World Salsa record on August 1st in Burgess Park as a part of the Carnaval.

Travel Information

Burgess Park, in Camberwell, Chumleigh Street, London, SE5.
Access from Elephant and Castle underground and British Rail stations plus bus numbers 36, 12, 171, 68, 68a, 45, 176, 63, 172.


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