Organizers are seeking Island dancers to shuffle, shuffle, shuffle, kick in the world’s longest conga line on sand.
“I instigate conga lines on a fairly regular basis,” said event originator and musician Mike Sales, a regular performer at several local venues.
Sales is working with several others on the conga line, which will take place from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 23, behind the Moose Lodge, 110 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach, which is just north of the Bridge Street beach access.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Moonracer No-Kill Animal Rescue founded by Islander employee Lisa Williams, and its campaign for a “no-kill” pet community in Manatee County.
Sales originally wanted to set a Guinness World Record with the 2011 event. However, the application and review process for GWR is lengthy and would require the creation of a new record category.
So, a GWR attempt will take place next spring and this year, Sales said, he’s going to be relaxed about how well the dancers know the steps.
“I’m not going to be a stickler,” he said, even if that will be the case next year with GWR, which will require the conga line to last for at least five minutes and consist of 250 or more people who know how to perform the dance.
On Saturday, volunteers will begin arriving on the beach at about 10 a.m. to set up equipment and recruit beachgoers for the dance.
Sales said he plans to ask people to form two parallel lines and then join the lines at one end and conga to “Island Talkin,’” a song on the “Howling with Mike Sales” CD.
Sales said he wrote the tune because he “really needed a song for people to dance to.”
Participation in the conga line is free.
To benefit the no-kill campaign, volunteers will sell refreshments and souvenirs. Additionally, Sales is donating proceeds from downloads of “Island Talkin’” mp3s and videos.