Village dance school preparing for world record attempt

A dance school based in a village near Lincoln will be part of a world record attempt.

Around 40 pupils from Starstruck School of Dance based in Ingham will join fellow tap dancing enthusiasts from across the country at an annual event – Tapathon – to help raise funds for charity.

They will aim to break the Guinness World Record for the largest tap dance at multiple venues. People are welcome to come along and support the record attempt at Glentworth Village Hall between 12.30pm and 1.30pm on November 17.

Tapathon is a national event co-ordinated by The Performers Project in aid of BBC Children in Need. The Performers Project distribute t-shirts to all dance schools, which the pupils can buy for £10 and that money goes to charity.

Starstruck School of Dance will also do refreshments on the day of the record attempt to raise extra money for charity. Anyone wishing to donate can also do so directly through BBC Children in Need.

We had a fabulous time at the Tapathon today, raising money for BBC Children in Need. Well done to all of our dancers who took part in the Guinness World Record attempt for the largest tap dance at multiple venues and thank you to everyone who came along to show their support #tapathon2016 #childreninneed2016

Posted by Starstruck School of Dance Lincolnshire on Sunday, 20 November 2016

The dance school is appealing for help and offering a six-week beginners tap dancing course for adults with some basic steps and routines, with the option of participating in Tapathon 2019.

Classes will be held on Monday evenings at Aisthorpe Village Hall, starting in September. The dance school also offers classes for children. For more information click here or email [email protected]

Natalie Lunt, Principal at the dance school, said: “Our pupils love taking part in this event and raising money for such a good cause.

“Last year 7,494 tappers took part across the UK and collectively we raised over £36,700 for BBC Children in Need, a tremendous achievement in itself! Unfortunately we fell short of the world record, which currently stands at 7,596, by just 102 people. It was so close!

“This year Tapathon celebrates its 10th anniversary; I really think it could be THE year that we smash the record, but we need your help!”

Photo: Starstruck School of Dance

Starstruck School of Dance, which opened in November 2014, offers classes in Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Street Dance with pupils ranging from age 3 to adult.