Berkeley High sets new world record for Soul Train dance

Berkeley High students dance the Soul Train. Photos by Mark Coplan

More than 300 Berkeley High students stayed after school on Monday to try and set a new world record for the longest Soul Train dance line.

The students, along with some faculty, staff, and alumni attempted to enter into the Guinness Book of World Records by having 211 people dance their way through a central courtyard at Berkeley High. And according to a certificate presented to the group, they did it.

“Berkeley High School set a Soul Train Guinness World Record today (November 14, 2011) by having 211 dancers dance down the “Soul Train,” school spokesman Mark Coplan wrote in an email. “I was number 296, and there were three people after me, so the numbers were strong. It was the time it took to herd all of us together (4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.) that made it difficult for everyone to stay for the final count, so a lot more participated. Great job Berkeley High!”

“Soul Train” was a long-running musical variety show that ran on television for 35 years. At the start of each show, dancers would form two lines with a space in the middle and dance and strut to the music. It was known as the “Soul Train Line.”

A number of the dancers gained national recognition for their moves, including MC Hammer, Rosie Perez, Carmen Electra, and NFL player Walter Payton.

See a complete set of pictures here.

UPDATE 10:15 am: From Chris Young at BHS: A snippet of the event may be shown on national TV on Thursday evening. Young also said the effort was led by Reed Urmann, ASB Vice President, Flora Ziprin, ASB President, Orlando Williams, Class of 1985, and Belinda McDaniel, with the assistance of many others.

Students hold their world record certificate from the Guinness Book of World Records

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lyn-Cole/100001739984534 Lyn Cole

    Class of 71 was there. It was fun

  • Vivian Jordan

    Go Berkeley High and keep representing!!!!! You did that!! Big smiles to everyeone!!!!

  • Kye Tavernier

    thats too cute… go b-high

  • Lmwrobinson

    Awesome! It’s good to see the spirit of BHS alive and productive in our young people…GOOD JOB!!! Yours truly, Class of ’79.

  • La Tanya

    I am so proud of my BH FAM!!! Wish I could have been there to get my “Boogie” on with ya.

  • La Tanya Gaines

    Class of 84 here wanted to let everyone know who participated, CONGRATS!!!!!!! Wish I could have been there to get my “BOOGIE” too.

  • SISTAWITHSTYLE

    THANX TO MY LIL BRO ORLANDO WILLIAMS, YOU ARE OUR MOTHER’S CHILD! I LOVE YOU MAN, HOLLA!

  • Paula

    you mean to get the “BOOGER” on, right?

  • Kandace benefield

    IT’S IN THE AIR, YEAH, IT’TS EVERYWHERE!!!! YOU GO BHS, SO PROUD OF YOU KEEPING THE REAL SPIRIT  OF OUR SCHOOL. AWESOME KANDACE BENEFIELD CLASS OF 1973

  • Tim, Class of ’71

    beep beep bang bang ungawa, Jackets got the power.

  • Cookie

    Check BHS out!!!  GO JACKETS!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/srtheajoy Thea Joy Browne

    The more things change, the more they stay the same!
    Y’all do me proud!  Go, ‘Jackets!

    Sr. Thea Joy, CPPS
    (Joy Browne)
    Class of ’66

  • Ldavis95161

    Class of 66.  Before Blacks and TV was rare we still was able to shine.

  • blueshani

    Class of 66 and up  lets show them how we do the Wobble Wobble are you in? e-mail for location, time and date blueshani2003@yahoo.com 1 day of rehersal and loads of fun

  • Crimcon6

    We’ve got spirit! yes we do! we’ve got spirit! how about YOU!

  • Monique Woods C/O 1991 Baby

    We’ve got spirit! yes we do! we’ve got spirit! how bout YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I just LOVE my old high school! WE DID IT! and only B-High could 

  • Azsurnyla

    I graduated in 79 my mom, aunt, uncles and oldest daughter all graduated from there and now my youngest daughter was present there at the Sooooouuuullllll Train line I just love it!

  • GC69

    Class of ’69 is proud of all of you! We Got Soul!

  • Sexyart

    This story fills my heart with a lot of love, peace and soooooul! There weren’t that many kids that went to Berkeley High with me way back in 77-79 that didn’t have their noses glued to the TV screen every Sunday morning watching Soul Train. Pride doesn’t even begin to express how I feel about this funky achievement. I still have my Afro but I still need my platform shorts and plaid bell-bottom pants. rest in peace Don Cornelius. Your legacy will live forever thanks much to the students of Berkeley High–past and present.

  • Sexyart

    This is Brian Clarke (class of 79). Did I know you Azsurnyla??