Poco-Poco Dance World Record Sparks Protest on Social Media

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The attempt to break a Guinness World Record of Indonesian collective traditional dance Poco-poco on Sunday, August 5 sparked protests considering the event was said unprofessional and neglected thousands of participants.

    The complaints and protests were brought up on the Instagram official account of the event organizing committee @pocopocogwr. Most of the participants complained about the sound system which did not spread well along the dance spot of Jl. Sudirman-Thamrin.

    No solution was given until the dance was ended thus the participants danced without the music. “It is silent until 8 am, no [dance] cue. So we dance Poco-poco without music,” an account @puspita_halim made a comment, Sunday, August 5.

    Approximately 65,000 participants joined in the world record breaking of Poco-poco dance came from various regions including students in Jakarta. The participants were trained earlier by 1,500 dance instructors.

    The event was held at Silang Monas and along Jl. Thamrin, Sudirman, and Bundaran Senayan. Unfortunately, the sound system did not prepare evenly.

    Suasana saat ribuan peserta mengikuti pemecahan rekor dunia atau Guinness World Record senam poco-poco di Monas, Jakarta Pusat, Ahad, 5 Agustus 2018. Sebanyak 65 ribu peserta dari berbagai kalangan, termasuk para pejabat hingga pelajar, mengikuti acara akbar ini. AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana

    Those participants in Senayan areas felt abandoned by the organizing committee due to lack of music and that no officials gave a cue on the dance as well as helped tidy the line.

    “We are asked to participate merely to scan the barcode, to fulfill the 65,000-participant quota,” said an account under named @jirraperbawa.

    As the news written, the organizing committee of the dance event has yet given an answer regarding the complaints. Tempo has sent a direct message to the official account, but no confirmation is sent back.

    The world record-breaking was attended by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and the vice president Jusuf Kalla. Accompanying them were Youth and Sports Minister Imam Nahrawi, National Military commander Marshall Hadi Tjahjanto, National Police Chief Tito Karnavian, Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, and Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan.