International Babywearing Dance Day unites 5 continents and hopes to set a new world record
18th-26tht September 2016 was the first ever International Babywearing Dance Week (IBDD), and families from five continents inspired their communities by dancing the global babywearing flash-mob routine “Love is This”.
They also attempted to set a new Guinness World Record for ‘most people participating in a baby-wearing dance routine in 24 hours on the day of 21st September 2016, International Babywearing Dance Day. Over 200 participants were counted officially for the event and everyone is still waiting to see the final result.
Families in Mexico, Holland, Turkey, California, Singapore, England, Scotland, Lithuania, Taiwan and Australia took part, and brought the beautiful routine to their communities through a flashmob style dance, as well as filming it to share the message around the world.
IBDD is a volunteer-led initiative, established to increase awareness of safe babywearing dance, inspire families to dance together, and to bring joy to the world. It was co-created by the founders of family dancing organisations: Joimove International (UK), CoolMumzDancin (Singapore) and Groova Roo Dance (California, USA).
A taster event was held in May 2016, with dancers from Lithuania, Turkey, Scotland, USA and Singapore all taking part in local flashmobs.
Joimove International Founder, Selen Yilmaz, says, “All of us who founded IBDD believe that dancing with children is the core way of growing happiness in a family setting and that babywearing is one the greatest ways of bonding as a family. It seems only natural to put the two together. We are hoping that “Love is This” inspires everybody, not just the families taking part in IBDD celebrations, to dance more, and to build a happier next generation.”
The Australia flashmob took place in Croc’s play centre in Malvern East on the 21st of September at 1pm. As passionate dancers and loving mums, Happy Feet Fiesta were proud to be a part of this amazing day. With the support of so many people and institutions it was a great success and we have already signed up to be a part of next year’s IBDD. Let the dancing continue.