People devoted to getting fit through dance will attempt to boogie their butts off for the world record on Saturday.
Just Dance Tampa Bay is kicking off a weight-loss challenge with a dance party at the University Mall parking garage. Organizers hope to break the Guinness Book of World Records mark for the largest dance class, which stands at 7,770.
"Exercise doesn't have to be drudgery,'' said Carolyn Lighty, executive director of Just Dance Tampa Bay. "We need to break that mindset. This is fun. Anybody can do it.''
Lighty figures they probably won't set the record, which was set in June in Philippines, but she's hoping for a big turnout. When she began organizing the event, the record was only 2,289 dancers.
Participants will learn a simple routine that incorporates various dance styles, from salsa to hip hop to ballroom and belly dancing.
The actual dance will start at 11 a.m. and last for 10 to 15 minutes. Proceeds will benefit the Sisters Network and Healthy Together. At the event, people can sign up for Just Dance's six-week weight-loss competition in which participants commit to dancing six days a week at Just Dance's studio at the mall.
The contest starts Sept. 14 and costs $216. It includes a free health screening, dance classes and workshops on healthy eating and nutrition. Contestants who lose the most weight, fat and inches will win health, fitness and travel packages provided by sponsors, Lighty said.