Brolly good show

WORLD'S LARGEST UMBRELLA DANCE   Left, Emma Julius and Charlotte Scott who are part of a group of Hallam University students organising an attempt on the world's largest umbrella dance, pictured in Endcliffe Park.     11 March 2011
WORLD'S LARGEST UMBRELLA DANCE Left, Emma Julius and Charlotte Scott who are part of a group of Hallam University students organising an attempt on the world's largest umbrella dance, pictured in Endcliffe Park. 11 March 2011

HUNDREDS of umbrellas will be out in Endcliffe Park this weekend whether it’s raining or not.

An attempt is being made on the world record for the largest umbrella dance, with participants joining a choreographed routine to Singin’ in the Rain.

The event is being organised by students on an events management at Sheffield Hallam University and will raise money for charities Barnado’s and Sheffield Mencap and Gateway.

Organisers are hoping to see 350 brolly wavers in the park on Saturday.

“When we started, the record of 232 was set in Bath,” said Charlotte Scott, aged 21, one of the team of four behind the initiative. “Then it was broken in India last August with 322. We’re optimistic.”

As part of their course, Charlotte and her colleagues were asked to plan, manage and run a creative and innovative event to raise money for charity.

Emma Julius, aged 22, came up with the idea of an umbrella dance and the organising team was formed under the name C-JEM, also reflecting the involvement of Jane Zhu and Minal Parekh.

“We can’t wait,” said Charlotte. It has really come together in the last few weeks. Before, it seemed like an assignment, now it feels real. It’s happening!”

The organisers expect to be joined by other students and are hoping for a big community turnout, with an invitation to ‘bring your own umbrella and wellies’.

They have contacted local primary schools and Charlotte said: “We’d really like as many people to come down on the day as possible and have some fun in trying to break a world record.”.

Of course, it could rain, which would add to the occasion.

“But if it’s sunny more people are likely to turn up. But it would be ironical if it did rain.”

There is an entrance fee of £3 and registration will start at 10.30am and the dance will take place at 1.45pm.

Participants are being encouraged to learn in advance a dance routine involving a series of simple steps. Footage will be posted on YouTube. There will also be a practice on the day.

lVisit www.umbrelladancesheffield.org