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Istanbul Ataturk Airport hosts a Guinness Record

198 couples (396 dancers) managed to put Turkey in the Guinness Book of World Records with their 5 minute long flawless and synchronized Bachata dance performed as the largest group during a record trial organized by DANSKEYFI Dance Academies under the sponsorship of OPET and support by TAV Airports.

Turkey made it to the Guinness Book of World Records with a successful performance by 198 couples (396 dancers) who participated in the "The Largest Bachata Group Dance Record Trial," organized by DANSKEYFI Dance Academies under the sponsorship of OPET and support by TAV Airports. During today's record trial, the previous record set by 103 couples in 2008 was broken and Turkey's name was entered once more into the famous book of records; this time in dance.

The event presented by the stage actress Nilgun Belgun was participated by dance schools from Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, Canakkale, Antalya, Konya and Zonguldak. Tolgahan Cinkitas, President of Turkish Dance Sports Federation; Alper Alakut, President of International Dance Organization of Turkey; and Gunce Yoney and Ismet Muftuoglu, referees from International Dance Sport Federation, attended as observers representing Guinness. Performing the bachata 3 times at Istanbul Ataturk Airport International Terminal, hundreds of dancers attracted huge attention from the passengers. Taking the stage for the record trial, 198 couples (396 dancers) put on a flawless and synchronized performance of the Bachata dance for 5 minutes. At the end of the successful record trial, Turkey became the new holder of the Guinness Largest Bachata Record.

The event also featured performances in jive and quickstep styles with choreography by Ismet Muftuoglu, trainer on the hit TV show "Yok Böyle Dans" (No Such Dance); Argentine tango with Tanju Yıldırım; A Michael Jackson dance performance by Hot Heels Dance Group; a Bachata show performed by 80 students from Danskeyfi and a modern dance performance by Gokmen Kasabalı. Attracting huge attention, the event came to an end with a round of loud applause and exclamations of joy following the presentation of the certificate for the new record, by Guinness representative and referee Seyda Subası Gemici.