Dahlgren base dances for world record and charity drive


To kick off the 50th anniversary of the Combined Federal Campaign on Wednesday, Naval Support Facility Dahlgren,Va. had an audacious goal: setting the world record for most people simultaneously doing the Cha-Cha Slide.

To drum up support for the CFC drive, base organizers got hundreds of people dancing at zero hour: 12:30 p.m. Wednesday on a base field. But they came up 1,947 dancers short to take the title in the Guinness Book of World Records from a realty, which got 2,387 cha-chaers dancing at a convention center in Anaheim, Calif. in February.

The 441 dancers who materialized Wednesday may not make for a new world record, but the event will likely go down as the largest Cha-Cha Slide in naval history.

“This was a great turnout,” Capt. Catie Hanft, the commanding officer of Naval Support Activity South Potomac, told The Free Lance-Star of Fredericksburg, Va., which has been reporting on the record attempt.

For the uninitiated, the Cha-Cha Slide is a line dance with a series of back and forth steps that ends with jumping. Dancing it may even help you prepare for your next PRT: the dance was developed by Bally’s Total Fitness.


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