ECU25 Dance-a-thon: shake your booty and help beat record


Anne Aly with Mitchell Spadaro, Keshia Ollivierre, Jack Ryan and Phillipa Mills.
Anne Aly with Mitchell Spadaro, Keshia Ollivierre, Jack Ryan and Phillipa Mills.

WHETHER you shake, rattle and roll, are born to hand jive or like to whip and nae nae, a Joondalup university wants you to help break a dancing world record.

Edith Cowan University’s Joondalup campus is hosting the #ECU25 Dance-a-thon on Friday, where participants will dance non-stop for 25 hours to beat the Guinness World Record for longest dance marathon relay. The record was set by MTV in March at 24 hours, nine minutes.

ECU adjunct professor and Cowan MHR Anne Aly is taking part in the free event, which is part of the university’s 25th anniversary celebrations. Dr Aly said she was a fan of dance styles Latino, belly dancing and her own version of hip-hop, while her favourite music from the era was “old school” R’n’B.

Vice-chancellor Steve Chapman encouraged people to get involved.

“We would love the community to join us in what we hope will be a record-breaking fun event,” he said.

“There’s going to be music from live DJs, prizes, giveaways, food trucks and a pop-up bar, so if people aren’t keen on dancing they can still come along and support family and friends.”

The attempt, which starts at noon on Friday and runs until 1pm on Saturday, will feature music from the last 25 years, a live broadcast by radio station hit 92.9 and appearances by West Coast Eagles and Perth Wildcats players.

Dancers can participate for as little or as long as they like; register at tinyurl.com/ z72t8x7 by 5pm Wednesday.