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North Norfolk dancers hope to tap their way into history with new world record in support of Children in Need

PUBLISHED: 10:57 15 November 2017 | UPDATED: 10:57 15 November 2017

Broadland School of Dance tapathon.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Broadland School of Dance tapathon. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2017

They usually tap their feet on a hardwood floor for pure pleasure, but now a group a dancers are rehearsing a new routine for two much grander reasons.

More than 40 dancers from the Broadland School of Dance are getting ready to take part in a “tapathon”, to involve thousands more people tap dancing simultaneously at venues across the country.

And they are not only hoping to beat a world record, but also raise as much money as possible for a cause close to their hearts – Children in Need.

Dance school leader Katy Marriner, known as “Miss Katy” to her students, said dancers from age five to 45 would be participating in their part of the tapathon, which will take place on Sunday, November 19 at the ACT Centre in Aylsham, starting 
at 1pm.

She said it would be the second time the school had taken part in a world-record effort after a nationwide attempt last year fell short of claiming the title.

Miss Katy said: “We’ve been learning the routine over the last few weeks and kids will be 
painted up like Pudsey and wearing vibrant blue tapathon t-shirts.

“Unfortunately last year we fell short of breaking the world record of tappers.

“We’re going to try again this year and regardless of the world record attempt – we’re more importantly raising money for Children in Need.”

Miss Katy said they were required to perform a four-minute routine twice through for it to count as part of the shared attempt.

The Guinness World Record for the largest tap dance currently stands at 7,596 people, dancing simultaneously.

The Broadland School of Dance has more than 200 students across north Norfolk.

Most events for this year’s Children in Need fundraiser take place on Friday, November 17, with the BBC1’s telethon kicking off at 7.30pm.

The show will be hosted by Tess Daly, Graham Norton, Mel Giedroyc and Ade Adepitan.

For more details of what is being organised across the region for Children in Need, pick up a copy of this Friday’s Eastern Daily Press or Norwich Evening News

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