Tap Dance Your Way into the Record Books

Following on from the success of the island’s first Tapathon, we’re joining forces with the rest of the UK’s tappers and attempting to smash a world record!

Every year Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation hosts a National Tapathon to honour his legacy and this year the charity will try to break the World Record for the ‘Largest Tap Dance in multiple locations’ – currently standing at 7,596 dancers.

Laura Jones, Community and Events officer, said: ‘Following our warm-up in February, you can now take part in the National Live Event on Sunday 23 May at 2pm – and along with our current local supporters we hope lots more people will take part! Once again anyone can register and do the dance from the comfort of their own home. Once restrictions are lifted, dance schools and community groups can take part dancing live in their studios.

‘We’re very excited this time to have a beginners and advanced routine by 16 times World Tap Dance Champion Kai Scanlan. Once people have registered, they’ll be sent a video link with a 20-minute lesson from Kai teaching you the tap routine.’

Sixteen times world tap dance Champion Kai Scanlan has joined up with the charity to choreograph two routines, one for beginners and an advanced so that there’s an option to cover every ability. Once you’ve signed up, you’ll be sent a video link with a full 20 minute lesson from Kai, teaching you the dance routine.

For those too young to remember; Roy Castle presented Record Breakers and became famous for his very own tap dancing world record at the BBC.

As part of the fundraiser, the charity has created some rather swanky shirts, which you can get your hands on either by setting up a fundraising page and raising £25 (if you paid an entry fee) or £35 if you registered for free using the fundraising option.

Laura added: ‘We want everyone to perform the dance at the same time to beat the current world record. Get friends and family to sponsor you and video yourselves dancing to show your impressive new moves. Kai will also stream his performance live for you all to dance along to on our Facebook page. Everyone who signs up gets an exclusive National Tapathon medal and best of all helps fund much needed support to lung cancer patients and their families on the island, when they need it most.

‘If you can’t make it on the date, you can watch the video from the day and do it at a later time. Please make sure to let us know though, as this may not count towards our record attempt. To register for the Tapathon click here.

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