Hundreds of ballerinas put on their dancing shoes and sashayed to Central Park Mondayto break a world record.
Dancers from the American Ballet Theatre and the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club came to the park and broke the Guinness record for most ballerinas en pointe for a minute, with 230 dancers successfully completing a simple routine on their toes.
The previous record holder was the Youth America Grand Prix 10th Anniversary last April at City Center, with 220 dancers participating.
Last night, 241 ballerinas of all ages showed up, and 230 stayed on their toes until the end.
“We’re making history through dance,” said Craig Salstein, a soloist with the Amercan Ballet Theatre, who led the dancers.
Emily Willard, 36, of Manhattan, said that it was wonderful to see such a diverse array of dancers.
“I think it’s great to see dancers of all different ages and sizes giving it a try,” she said.
Some said they heard about the challenge online and came into town to make history.
Brooke Wasserman, 19, of Connecticut, said she found out about the event on Facebook and didn’t want to miss it.
“I’ve always wanted to be in the ‘Guinness Book of World Records,'” she said.
“I feel so cool,” added Isabel Lagana, 11. “There are so many dancers here all in one place.”