Tapping into the record books for Children in Need

Dancers at Tina's Dance Studio, Throstlenest Avenue, Wigan, who took part in a 9 minute Tapathon to Uptown Funk in aid of Children In Need
Dancers at Tina's Dance Studio, Throstlenest Avenue, Wigan, who took part in a 9 minute Tapathon to Uptown Funk in aid of Children In Need
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More than 100 Wigan dancers tapped their way into the record books as part of a massive fund-raiser for Children in Need.

Around 80 members of Tina’s Dance Studios, in Springfield, and 43 particpants from SK Dance Studio in Appley Bridge, successfully completed the Tapathon World Record Attempt.

The event, which was organised by The Performers Project, aimed to break its previous figure of 7,000 people last year for the most tappers simultaneously dancing the same routine at the same time.

The dancers tapped to Up Town Funk, by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars for nine minutes.

Stacey Tordoff, deputy head at the dance school, said: “We were invited to take part in the event to see how many people can tap dance at the same time.

“We had around 80 people taking part at our centre, from the age of nine and above. We also had a group of mums who will be learning a simpler routine, which has been great fun and such a giggle.

“It is great for them to dance alongside their children.

“Each person had paid to enter, so we have made around £800 for Children in Need.

“We are really proud and thrilled to be taking part. The effort everyone has put into rehearsing has been phenomenal. Everyone is so eager and excited to be part. Director and principal Tina Jameson is also proud of her dancers.

“The children worked so hard.”

‘Susan Kleibe, principal of SK Dance, said: “It was such an amazing opportunity. The run up over 10 weeks of learning the routine from a YouTube video, and officially registering the children for a World Record attempt was so much fun.

“We received text count downs from the 15min mark right down to ‘press play and start tapping.’

“It was all so exciting and even though it had to be taken seriously, we all had the best of fun and we raised a lot of money for Children in Need. I am so proud of my tappers.”