Pavan Thimmaiah casually hovers in a freeze, his weight between his head and hands on the floor, legs extending out on an upward diagonal. From this topsy-turvy position, he encourages his students to try this breaking staple. “Take a picture and make it your Facebook profile," he jokes.
Self-taught Thimmaiah founded PMT Dance Studio in New York City in 2001 to teach breaking in a classroom setting to students of all different backgrounds, levels and ages. By focusing on safe technique and catering to his students' diverse skill levels, he's built a loyal following of teen and adult b-boys and girls in his Breakin' 101 for Beginners class. “I think a lot of times in breaking classes, teachers want to fly around and show what they can do," he says. “I want to show the students what they can do."
More than 250 dancers from NYC’s PMT Dance Studio crowded into the "TODAY" show plaza in midtown Manhattan on Tuesday, September 9. The task at hand: set the Guinness World Record for largest street-dance performance. The rules: At least 250 dancers had to dance a choreographed routine continuously for five minutes.
Choreographed and rehearsed by studio director Pavan Thimmaiah, the dance contained hip-hop, break dancing and funk elements and was performed in complete unison. Guinness World Record adjudicators carefully observed the dancers to make sure nobody stopped dancing.
The verdict: Despite a couple disqualifications, 253 dancers performed for five minutes straight, setting the Guinness World Record for largest street-dance performance. Congratulations PMT!
Check out their performance here.
Pavan Thimmaiah holds up his Guinness World Record plaque.
Photos courtesy of PMT Dance Studio.