|Mel Wong - Sky Dancer|
Sheffield dancer Mel Wong who appeared in Channel 4's Big Ballet earlier this year will attempt to break the world record for grands battements at Hype dance studios at 67 Earl Street, Sheffield, S1 4PY on 22 August at 16:30 (see "Mel's Record Attempt" 7 Aug 2014 Terpsichore).
For those of you who don't know what a grand battement is, here is Wikipedia's definition which is as good as any:
"a powerful battement action where the dancer passes through dégagé and "throws" the leg as high as possible, keeping it straight, while the supporting leg also remains straight.""Battement" is itself defined as "beat" and "a beating movement of the working leg". They are hard work I can tell you.
The existing record is 1,199 and was set by Jeanne-Carlin Cilliers in South Africa on 5 March 2005 (see the Guiness World Record website).
Mel is making this world record attempt as part of her campaign to raise funds for her training at Trinity Laban Conservatoire in London (see Help me change the dance landscape on the GoFundMe website).