Sophia Lucia of Poway, California, may be about to spin her way into the record books, according to the North County Times of nearby Escondido.
The 9-year-old appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Showlast week after a producer for the program saw a video of her performing 40 consecutive pirouettes. The official record is 36.
Sophia said her tap instructor at San Diego Dance Centre in Poway told her last year that she should try for a world record after noticing her smooth pirouettes. Her mother, Jackie Lucia, said they videotaped her performing 40 pirouettes on January 19, uploaded the performance to YouTube, and wrote to The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
The show was taped February 9 and aired February 13. Sophia performed a quick tap dance, then did 30 pirouettes before stopping when she reached the edge of the dance floor that had been brought out for her.
Lucia said Sophia probably could have done 10 more, and she’ll get her chance to prove it in about three months. She is expected to return to the show with a representative of the Guinness Book of World Records as a witness.
“She’s going to be able to break the record on national TV,” her mother said. “So, no pressure.”
“No pressure,” Sophia echoed with a smile.
For a clip of Sophia’s visit with Ellen, see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqQWeWjMqrc. To read the full story, see http://www.nctimes.com/news/local/poway/poway–year-old-dancer-eyes-world-record-for-pirouettes/article_38994fde-1378-51f4-ab9c-5988ef3e9cf7.html.