University of Victoria students attempt world-record dance party

UVic Dance Company president Bonnie Hughson practises her moves for Saturday’s Just Dance event. - Ben Gawletz/News Staff
UVic Dance Company president Bonnie Hughson practises her moves for Saturday’s Just Dance event.
— image credit: Ben Gawletz/News Staff

The University of Victoria Dance Company is hoping to help students crush exam stress with a nationwide dance party.

The company and similar crews at seven other Canadian universities are competing on Saturday (April 6) to see which campus can throw the best “Just Dance” party.

The event also aims to set a world record for the largest remote dance class. Participants at UVic and the seven other universities will simultaneously dance to Flo Rida’s “Good Feeling,” as choreographed in Ubisoft’s video game “Just Dance.”

The 20-member UVic Dance Company will teach local participants the dance – the event is also open to the public – then the group will follow the game on a TV.

“(It’s) open to anyone – dancers, people who like to groove and anyone who likes dancing and wants to be a part of setting a world record with us,” said company president Bonnie Hughson. “We are hoping to create as large of a crowd as possible, hopefully 300.”

The Just Dance competition, judged by Ubisoft representatives, will award the winning dance crew $2,500. A Ubisoft film crew in attendance will give the UVic crew increased exposure to the community and country, Hughson said.

“I’d love for the company to gain recognition, along with the university, as well. That will help us with our future fundraisers and events.”

The UVic Dance Company invites anyone to drop by the Ian H. Stewart Complex field house, 3964 Gordon Head Rd., where a massive dance floor will be set up for the party. Dancers are encouraged to wear ’90s-era workout gear.

The event goes from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday. For more visit



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