Nina eyes Horseshoe Bay for island-wide dance challenge
It is 6.30am. I am looking out the window to the east; vibrant orange stripes radiate upwards through the sky over a calm, glassy ocean. Soon the sun will rise on a day filled with possibilities!
I am thinking that it is time for Bermuda to rise and shine too. It will happen soon, I believe it will. The dark pandemic night will slip into memory, defeated by our strong inner light and by our common strength.
I also believe that after more than a year of lockdowns, amid sad and challenging times, we all need a joyful and memorable celebration that will unify us again as a community.
We miss seeing each other's faces, we miss smiling and laughing up close together, we yearn for the warm comfort of hugs. We want to play loud music, dance together and party!
I was walking on the beach and had a breathtaking vision: hundreds, perhaps thousands of Bermudians dancing together on the sand. The music is loud, the sky is blue, the sun is bright, and singles, couples, families, kids, grandparents are all laughing and dancing!
At my weekly Laughing Club, we are never self-conscious as we dance in the Botanical Gardens under the laughing tree, right beside South Shore Road. The cars driving by support us with an ongoing flurry of horns.
Inevitably, the women ask me to turn up the boom box to full volume and play the song called Jerusalema. They love it and are eager to show off its moves.
“Why always this song?” I wondered.
I learnt this upbeat gospel-influenced house song was made by South African DJ Master KG featuring vocalist Nomcebo and released as a video in December 2019. It quickly went global and has been viewed almost 400 million times on YouTube.
But the dance element began later in Angola, where a dance troupe recorded themselves busting some moves to the song while eating their lunch. This video went viral and became a hit on the internet. With their simple choreography, they inspired millions around the world to copy the routine and it soon became known as the Jerusalema challenge.
Friends, clubs, students, hospital staff, nuns, firefighters, airline crew, police forces … even professional dance troupes …. it seemed everyone was dancing this dance in every corner of the world. Hundreds of self-made and professional videos of the Jerusalema challenge have been uploaded to social media.
The song and the dance have a special meaning to millions of people everywhere; a positive new vibe of connection, filled with light and hope and friendship in uncertain times.
This line dance is fun, simple and easy to learn!
I thought why not bring our island community together by setting a new Guinness World Record with the biggest Jerusalema dance ever, here on stunning Horseshoe Bay with its brilliant sand and turquoise water?
I registered this event with the Guinness World Records organisation, considered the logistics, made a budget, and I am looking for sponsors to make it happen as soon as the pandemic is over.
It will be an event that unites us in celebration and it will promote Bermuda around the world in the most positive way!
“Come to Bermuda to dance in happiness and friendship on the world’s most beautiful beach! Dance your dream!”
If enough people will dream with me, we can make it happen.
New and happy times are coming! Let’s celebrate together!
Nina London is a certified wellness and weight-management coach. Her mission is to support and inspire mature women to make positive changes in their body and mind. Share your inspirational stories with her at www.ninalondon.com