The makers of the Venus razor for women, gathered more than one hundred and fifty Australian women together at First Fleet Park in Circular Quay yesterday, in an attempt to break the world record for the biggest ever limbo dance, and raise funds for breast cancer research.
Originally setting out to beat the current world record of 1,150 held by Texas, the Venus Closest Limbo Line-up fell way short of the world record (well it was raining), so organisers had to be content with a new Australian record for the most number of people to dance their way under a limbo pole.
Popular TV presenter and recording artist Erika Heynatz, was hired as the official event scrutineer for the world record attempt. It was Erika’s job to make sure all participants had silky smooth legs and checking the limbo pole height when they went as low as they could go.
“It’s hard to imagine all those extra legs under the pole to beat the current world record. It was still a great effort from our Aussie limbo dancers who can be proud of setting a new national record,” said Erika.
Over 200 tonnes of sand were shipped in, to create the perfect beach atmosphere in the normally busy commuter thoroughfare.
Erika added “It was certainly an eye-popping spectacle of silky smooth legs and bright green shorts in a perfect beach setting. You could almost have thought you were at Carnivale in Rio with the amount of girls dancing in the sand, except for the beautiful backdrop of the Opera House.”
The first two girls under the pole were leggy model Mink Sadowsky and celebrity participant Lyndsey Rodrigues who kicked off the start of the limbo dance. They led the way with support from choreographer Adam Williams and his team of dancers, who kept participants stepping in time to the limbo dance.
Then it was time for the serious competitors to step up and show just how low they could go, with the first prize of $5,000 going to Maria Yang from Bankstown. Maria literally went to a new low when she displayed her flexibility to get under a height of only 55cm. A petite 153cm tall, 19 year old Maria puts the win down to her height and flexible hips which come from her enjoyment of the hoola hoop.
The Venus Closest Limbo Line-up also served as an opportunity to raise awareness and funds for a worthy cause. Venus Embrace were committed to making a donation to Fashion Targets Breast Cancer (FTBC) for every participant who took part in the dance. Mink, part of the FTBC Mod Squad, was there to help encourage women to limbo together to raise money for the cause.
So hats off to all the girls who turned up at Circular Quay yesterday to limbo under a pole in the rain. Although you didn’t break the world record, you had some fun and raised some money for a good cause. Well done!