April 16, 2018 By Nathaly Pesantez
You can help set a new world record for the largest honeybee dance this weekend in Long Island City.
The free event will take place on April 22 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Plaxall Gallery, located at 5-25 46th Ave., and is hosted by Long Island City Artists. The world record attempt is being made by Salt Tree Art, an artist collective based in Queens that focuses on the environment and the arts.
The honeybee dance is also known as the “waggle”, which imitates how honeybees move when they communicate with one another. The current record is set at 250 people, according to the Guinness World Records’ application for the feat.
Salt Tree Art said it organized the event as a way to raise awareness of the importance of honeybees in ecosystems.
“Honeybees and other pollinators play such a critical role for New York City’s environmental health,” said Brian Soliwoda, an artists and one of the event’s organizers. “We wanted to create a fun and participatory event to highlight that role and celebrate the honeybee for Earth Day.”
The world record attempt will begin at midday, and participants are required to dance as a group for a minimum of five minutes. Dance instructors that day will help everyone learn the dance prior to starting.
Participants will also be asked to channel their inner honeybee and wear black and yellow to the event.
The day’s festivities include a pop-up Earth Day art exhibit and educational tables from local environmental groups.
Those interested in attending must pre-register online.
For more information, including a break down of the waggle dance, visit the event’s webpage.