1) Why is limbo popular?
ANSWER: Any prospective booker should ask this most obvious of limbo dancer hire FAQs to make their event a success. Indisputably, limbo dancing can be a very fun and incredibly popular party game for all ages and genders. It requires no real dance skills as such and is suitable for any event, whether it’s a Caribbean, tropical or beach-themed event or not. Our professional limbo dancers heighten the fun by demonstrating how to do it properly and showing the audience how to go really low, before leading and supervising people safely doing it themselves and making a bit of a competition out of it for which prizes can be awarded!
2) What are the rules of limbo?
ANSWER: All contestants must go under the bar- without dislodging it- with their backs facing toward the floor- leading with their knees and finishing with the tops of their heads- and with only their feet allowed to touch the ground. Whoever judges eliminates the contestant who knocks the bar off or falls over.
3) What is the world record for limbo?
ANSWER: The Trinidad-born Shemika Charles is a two-time Guinness World Record holder for limbo dancing. This is because she set the record 3 years ago for limboing the longest distance. This was a little more than 10 feet, but under only 12 inches and she has gone as low as 8.5 inches in the past. We have limbo dancers who go very low- if not quite that low- but any limbo performance is best done by people who entertain well. We should not judge limbo dancing as purely an athletic exercise!
4) What equipment do I need for limbo dancing?
ANSWER: Firstly, you will need a limbo stick that is at least 5 feet long. Secondly, you will need upright poles that can support it at the various heights you require. Because you need these, a professional limbo dancer will provide both of them and any other props they like to use for their act.
5) What is fire limbo?
ANSWER: Most limbo performers offer a fire element to their act whereby they light the limbo bar before limboing under it. Though this is spectacular and works very well for the climax of any limbo performance, due to modern-day health and safety regulations it is often an option that is declined by clients.
6) From where does limbo originate?
ANSWER: Of all the limbo dancer hire FAQs this one is usually made by those most interested in history. Limbo originated in mid-19th century Trinidad (in the Caribbean) from people of African heritage. In modern-day Trinidad & Tobago it takes place at wakes. The term ‘limbo’ may come from the English word ‘limber’ denoting the need to bend and move easily to be able to do it. Alternatively, a state of limbo is understood in theology as being one where a spirit inhabits a space between this world and the afterworld. This might also explain the origin of this particular dance’s name.
It’s important to note that, more disturbingly, its origins may lie in the slave trade with the limbo bar being a pole on the ships to hold the slaves in chains with their backs touching the ground.
7) What is limbo music?
ANSWER: Limbo music is the music that accompanies limbo dancing. It can be live African-style drumming or live Caribbean steel drumming as a modern alternative. Limbo was a very popular dance craze in America and in Britain in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Consequently, pop artists were quick to cash-in on this and released a lot of songs with a Limbo theme. The most popular of these was Chubby Checker who had a top ten hit with ‘Limbo Rock’ in 1962. As a matter of fact there were other smaller hits:-
Limbo Part 1 & Part 2 – Little Anthony & The Imperials (1960)
Limber – Bo Diddley (1960)
The Kookie Limbo – Kookie Joe (1961)
Limbo – Nina & Frederik (1961)
Limbo Dance – The Champs (1962)
La La Limbo – Chubby Checker (1962)
Oo-La-La-Limbo – Danny & The Juniors (1962)
Limbo Jazz – Duke Ellington (1962)
Do The Limbo With Me – Gary U.S. Bonds (1962)
Limbo Rock – Duane Eddy (1962)
Doin’ The Limbo – James Brown And His Famous Flames (1962)
Limbo Rock – Chubby Checker (1962)
How Low Can You Go? – Chubby Checker (1963)
Loop De Loop Limbo – The Olympics (1963)
Let’s Limbo Some More – Chubby Checker (1963)
(Let’s Do) The Limbo – Chris Montez (1963)
Soul Shout Limbo – Sammy Ambrose (1963)
A Lotta Limbo – Chubby Checker (1963)
Limbo Italiano – Lou Monte (1963)
Many UK-based steel bands like Solid Steel play Booker T & The MGs ‘Soul Limbo’ when they back a limbo performance. This is because this music is also widely recognised as the timeless Caribbean-themed signature tune for BBC’s coverage of Test match cricket.
One final point to make is that should you choose not to book a band from us, you can request our limbo dancers to carry their own recorded backing music with them.
8) Can I specify a limbo dancer hire of a male or female?
ANSWER: You can indeed specify your preferred gender. However, there is a real shortage of good limbo dancers available to hire of any gender, sadly. As a result, we can’t always accommodate a client who specifies a gender preference. But we will always try!
9) Can I hire a group of limbo dancers?
ANSWER: Because limbo dancers are so rare in the UK most perform as solo acts. Under these circumstances, we often provide beautiful Carnival dancers and acrobats to make the limbo dancer’s act an even bigger spectacle!
10) Can I hire a limbo dancer to perform several sets at my event?
ANSWER: Yes, but if the audience is going to be the same for each show, we really don’t advise it as part of the appeal of the act is its novelty which is lost after its initial performance- even with our excellent limbo dancers!