More than 300 ballet dancers gathered on the Upper West Side on Tuesday morning and smashed the Guinness World Record for most ballet dancers on pointe simultaneously.
Donning pointe shoes (despite the rainy conditions), the hopeful group joined American Ballet Theatre and New York City Ballet principal dancers Isabella Boylston, James Whiteside, Lauren Lovette, Tiler Peck and Maria Kowroski outside the “LIVE with Kelly and Ryan” studio on 67th street, where cameras caught the successful attempt shortly before 10 a.m.
“This record breaking challenge is a great way to share our art form with a large audience and make everyone feel included,” Boylston and Whiteside said in a joint statement announcing the challenge in August. “All are welcome to participate and all you have to do is stand en pointe!”
After a brief warm-up led by morning show guest Ashton Kutcher, a total of 306 dancers — including host Kelly Ripa — quite literally rose to the occasion, staying on pointe for a full-minute without rolling out of relevé or touching the ground. “This is terrifying,” Ripa joked moments before going onto pointe, despite her extensive ballet training.
A sizable crowd, composed of family members, passers-by and dance enthusiasts, cheered on the group’s efforts, exploding into encouraging applause at the 30 second mark and during the final countdown. Confetti punctuated the affair once the official record was confirmed.
The stunt fits into a week-long initiative by the “LIVE” team to shatter Guinness World Records. On Monday, the show featured pogo stick athlete Dalton Bruce Smith, who successfully got the title for “Most consecutive cars jumped over on a pogo stick.” Bids continue for the remainder of the week and include “Most double dutch style skips by a dog in one minute,” “Most cupcakes iced/frosted in one minute,” “Most underpants pulled on in one minute (team of two)” and “Largest object drop inertia experiment.”
Top Image: James Whiteside, Isabella Boylston, Kelly Ripa, Tiler Peck, Lauren Lovette and Maria Kowroski. Photo: Lorenzo Bevilaqua/Walt Disney DTCI.