Dancers tap their way into the record books

A local dance group has joined thousands of others from around the UK to break a world record – and also help Children in Need.

The Mash School of Dance, based in Kettering, took part in a tapathon at exactly 1pm on Sunday, November 18, which involved more than 7,500 fellow tappers from across the country.

The six-minute routine, set to the Olly Murs hit Dance With Me Tonight, was an attempt to break the world record for the highest number of people simultaneously dancing to the same routine.

The various dance groups nationwide co-ordinated via text message to make sure they all performed at once, and eah group needed to record their routine on camera and have two witnesses confirm they all took part.

Participants, including the 22 in Kettering, also had to pay £10 each, with all the money going to Children in Need.

Shelley Davis, a teacher at Mash, said she and her group had enjoyed taking part in the Guinness world record attempt.

“We loved it,” she said. “Everyone wants to be part of a world record for something. It’s a really good and fun thing to be involved in.

“It was a good song, and the rhythm is good for tapping. Some of the shuffles are a bit harder, but they are a good bunch, so they could do it.”

Mash School of Dance also performed at Strictly Corby last month. For more information on joining the group, contact Shelley on 01536 504486 or visit