In 1977, Roy Castle joined 500 other participants to perform the then largest tap dance at the BBC TV Centre. Every year we host a National Tapathon to honour the legacy of this remarkable man, and this year we’re attempting to break the World Record for the ‘Largest Tap Dance in multiple locations’ which currently stands at 7,596 dancers.
We’re inviting families and dancers from across the country to join us from the comfort of their own home, dance school, community group or anywhere, to learn a dance routine choreographed by 16 times World Tap Dance Champion Kai Scanlan.
Kai has produced two routines for us; a beginners and advanced so that there’s an option to cover every ability. It doesn’t matter if you’re a seasoned dancer or if you’ve got two left feet – anyone can take part!
Once you’ve signed up, you’ll be sent a video link with a full 20 minute lesson from Kai, teaching you the dance routine.
Our charity was named after one of the UK’s most iconic tap dancers; our very own Roy Castle OBE and we can’t think of anyone better than Kai to continue Roy’s legacy to inspire the nation to Tap their way to raise money to help all those affected by lung cancer.
For those too young to remember; Roy Castle also presented Record Breakers so to attempt to break a world record seems like a fitting tribute to him.
Kai currently teaches and trains with Tap Attack and the Great Britain Tap Team where he has achieved multiple World Championship titles over the years, both as a dancer and choreographer.
Then, on Sunday, 23rd May at 2pm, we want everyone up and down the country to perform the dance at the same time to get the UK dancing and to beat the current world record. Get friends and family to sponsor you, and video yourselves dancing to show your impressive new moves. We’ll also have Kai streaming his performance LIVE for you all to dance along to on our Facebook page!
Not only will this be something fun to lift our spirits as we take the roadmap out of lockdown, but everyone who signs up gets an exclusive National Tapathon medal, and best of all it helps fund much needed support to lung cancer patients and their families, when they need it most.
Can’t make it on the day? If you can’t make 2pm but would still like to participate, you can watch the video from the day and do it at a later time. Please be sure to let us know though, as this may not count towards our record attempt.
**Please also note that depending on our application being accepted by Guinness World Records in time for our event, our efforts may be unofficial and therefore won’t be logged by Guinness World Records.
We are here to support you every tap of the way!
Once you are registered, we will send you:
- A confirmation email with all the important information you’ll need
- An email with the link to access your tutorial video clips
- Tips and suggestions for fundraising – keep an eye out for our fundraising incentive! Don’t forget to set up your Just Giving page ASAP so you don’t miss out.
- Certificate and medal to congratulate you once you complete your Tapathon success!
Where your money goes
Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation is the only UK lung cancer charity dedicated to helping everyone affected by the disease.
Since 1990 we have funded over £30 million in lung cancer research, lay the groundwork for lung cancer screening, funded the first ever lung cancer nurse specialist, performed the first ever lung cancer keyhole surgery, funded and built the first lung cancer research centre in the UK, campaigned for life-lengthening treatments, raised awareness of lung cancer, challenge the misconceptions around the disease, provided emotional, practical & financial support for thousand diagnosed & living with lung cancer.
All of this hard work was starting to make a real difference. With more research funding and treatments for lung cancer, survival rates have increased, most notably 10-year survival which has now doubled.
But then Covid hit, and lung cancer was cast back into the shadows. For a year, people with lung cancer were told to shield. They had to stay away from their loved ones. Many saw their life-lengthening treatments disrupted, whilst others with symptoms, stayed at home and potentially denied the opportunity of an early and life-saving diagnosis.
However, we were there to ensure no one faced lung cancer alone. Calls to our Ask the Nurse service increased 61%, whilst our latest Keep in Touch support service is ensuring the most socially isolated are not overlooked or forgotten. And our Still Here campaign reached over 2.2million people urging and reassuring those with symptoms to contact their GP.
And it is not over yet. With your help, we will continue to support everyone affected by this disease. With your support, we will fund research so more people are diagnosed early. Together, we will campaign for further treatments to give families more time together.
So, join us and take part in our National Tapathon, record breaking attempt to raise money for Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation.
So, join us and take part in our National Tapathon event raising money for Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation.