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Dubai’s dancers break marathon record using Microsoft Kinect Dance Central 2

A duo of dancers broke the standing record of non-stop video game marathon dancing using Microsoft Kinect’s Dance Central 2

The Mall of Emirates in Dubai, UAE has amongst the highest tourist and resident consumer foot falls in the region. So it was no surprise when Microsoft’s Kinect team decided to set up shop in front of the cinema multiplex, the heaviest footfall area within the Mall itself. The reason: to get two of UAE’s best professional dancers to break the existing Guinness world record for non-stop video game marathon dancing set at 15 hours and 18 minutes approximately. Then two dancers Christopher Lawrence, aka CL and Christian Ortega, aka Ian started the record breaking feat at 6AM on 15 December gyrating to Kinect’s Dance Central 2 interactive music and dance video. The pair was allowed intermittent breaks of ten minutes every hour if they required it, keeping the time counter running and by the 13th hour were developing cramps and fatigue. However the team of physiotherapists, partners, supporters and fans kept cheering on the duo and they went onto establishing a new record at 16 hours and 21 minutes, ending at 10:30PM.

Microsoft’s Kinect device, sold as part of the Xbox 360 gaming solution, tracks hand and body movements and rates the ability of participants to move in sync with the video and audio lead tracks. “Having already been recognized by the Guinness World Records as the fastest selling consumer electronics device, Kinect is no stranger to breaking records. But this new record is even more special as it has been set in our local market Dubai. It is also a testament to the passion and magic that Kinect for Xbox 360 has been able to ignite,” said Aman Sangar, Interactive Entertainment Business Category Lead MEA at Microsoft, after the event.

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