THE EUROPEAN Quadrille Dance festival has been organised annually since 2002. In total, 50 cities in eight European countries participate in the festival, which strives to set new records in the number of people dancing the quadrille en masse in public. This year, Slovakia participated for the seventh time, with Košice and Banská Bystrica taking on the dance on May 23.

In Košice, 5,488 participants danced (fewer than in 2012 when a record 7,948 people participated, which was recorded in both the Slovak and Guinness Book of Records) at noon on Main Street. They were mostly students of elementary and secondary schools, who trained for about two months with the local Meteor dance club.

In Banská Bystrica, 1,004 dancers moved their bodies in a coordinated quadrille dance, also starting at 12:00. They danced for only five minutes, but it also took the K-Dance school two months to train and synchronise them.

“The record is synchronised dancing of quadrille in several countries that include Slovenia, Croatia, Estonia, Serbia, Hungary and also Slovakia,” Igor Kšenzuliak of the dance school told the TASR newswire.

Dancing the quadrille has become a widely popular tradition in both cities.