Latest Tap dance Stories

2008-12-09 18:44:48

A New Zealand man has laid claim to the Guinness World Record for tap dancing by tapping out 602 beats in a minute. Tony Adams, 49, bested the previous record -- 512 taps in a minute -- on live television while wearing his 32-year-old tap shoes, The Dominion Post reported Tuesday. It's pretty challenging to sustain that pace for 60 seconds, and a minute has never felt longer, he said. Adams' 82-year-old mother, Mary, was on hand to witness the feat. I'm very proud of him but I really can't...

2008-10-15 09:00:22

ITA Software, Inc., the leading provider of innovative solutions to the airline industry, announced that TAP Portugal has enhanced its use of QPX, the industry's premier management system for airfare pricing and shopping. TAP Portugal recently launched five innovative Branded Products using the advanced shopping capabilities of QPX. Through its use of QPX, TAP Portugal is able to deliver an improved customer experience, greater transparency and more flight options to its ever growing...

2008-08-23 00:00:00

By WILLIAM TELFORD Herald Reporter Gotta dance! Talented Lewis Calcutt will be doing the hot shoe shuffle all the way to a brand-new theatre school this autumn. The teenager from Crownhill is just one of 30 budding stage stars to land a place at the pounds2million Performers College, in Essex. Lewis, aged 16, was selected from 800 hopefuls at a rigorous audition and is stepping out on a course he hopes will lead to a career in West End musicals. The former Eggbuckland Community...

2008-07-24 09:00:48

By Paul Westmoore, The Buffalo News, N.Y. Jul. 24--NIAGARA FALLS -- The acting and singing should be fine in the Niagara Fine Arts Program's production of "42nd Street," but the show is really all about dancing. In fact, said Gracie Schupp, production choreographer, "Most of these kids eat, drink and sleep dance." The musical, set in the 1930s, features a cast of very young dancers that range in age from early teens to early 20s who turn in performances with the zeal of young...

2008-07-02 09:00:39

CHICAGO _ Surrounded by yellowed playbills and photographs chronicling his career as a tap dance legend, Ernest "Brownie" Brown struggled to remember how he got to New York back in the 1930s. "You know," rasped the 92-year-old, relaxing in a white turtleneck that swallowed his diminishing frame and a pair of black Velcro-strap shoes, "that was a long time ago." Lying across the couch in Brown's basement, feet stretched across the white fabric, his protege Reggio McLaughlin jumped in....

2008-07-02 09:00:38

By Sid Smith, Chicago Tribune Jul. 2--As an exercise in genre blending, "The Hourglass and the Poisoned Pen" is quite the workout. It forges a most unlikely alloy: the graphic novel and tap dancing. Coming from Chicago Tap Theatre, that's no surprise. This is a troupe devoted to a new tap sensibility, a fearless pursuit that, among other achievements, got them a gig at last summer's Lollapalooza. "Hourglass" mixes postmodern theater, pulp comics and hoofing, told without spoken...

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