Tapathon ‘world record’ attempt for Skegness stage school

Tapathon event held at the Embassy Theatre.
Tapathon event held at the Embassy Theatre.

Participants of a national tap dancing competition will be eagerly awaiting the results to find out if they broke a world record attempt on Sunday.

Members of the Lisa Jay Stage Institute, along with members of the public, took part in the challenge by trying to beat the ‘largest number of people dancing a set routine’ during a Tapathon event.

“It was brilliant and great to be part of the project; it was good experience linking in with the community and we managed to raise at the same time for Children in Need,” said Lisa Jay Walker principal for the school.

Rehearsals were held for 16 weeks to get ready for challenge run in conjunction with the Performers Project and BBC’s Children in Need.

A total of 63 entrants from the school and community took part in the Tapathon which was held on Sunday at The Embassy Theatre, raising £630 in the process.

“We had mixed ages and abilities taking part in the routine which posed its challenges as well as experienced and non experienced dancers,” added Lisa.

“It was a pleasure to teach everyone and our thanks go to the Embassy for providing the venue,” she added.

The event took part throughout the UK and Lisa is hoping the school which she feels represented Lincolnshire, has broken the record.

“We won’t know for another two weeks but it’s great to be part of it,” she explained.

The current world record sits at 7,496 steps for 2011 and in 2012 the record was not beaten.

“There were dance schools from all across Great Britain and we were thrilled to take part; it was an honour to raise money for Children in Need,” Lisa said.

“The Embassy were great helping to host the event and it was a great day,” she said.

The Mayor of Skegness Coun Jim Carpenter and Mayoress Kath Cullen were there to help as well as Robin Cram and Ken Milner of the Skegness Crime Prevention Panel to help moderate.