Dancers of all ages set to take part in Tapathon

Janet Austin Tappers perform at annual tapathon, North Bridge Leisure Centre, Halifax.
Janet Austin Tappers perform at annual tapathon, North Bridge Leisure Centre, Halifax.

Dancers are preparing to take to the floor at North Bridge Leisure Centre, Halifax, and raise funds for the fight against lung cancer in the 18th annual charity Tapathon.

Sixteen dance schools from Calderdale and Kirklees will take part in the popular event on Sunday, January 19 from 10.30am. Last year more than £11,370 was raised for the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation.

The event was started in 1997 by Derek and Vera Hamer of Brighouse who were friends of the entertainer and musician Roy Castle. Brighouse dance teacher Janet Austin has organised the event for the past two years.

She said: “I still get very nervous waiting for the sponsorship money to come in so it was a huge relief when the total amount raised last year was up by £670 on 2012.

“It is good to know that dance schools are still happy to take part. Everyone who takes part feels this is a very worthy cause and comments on the feel-good factor on the day.”

Dance schools taking part include the Janet Austin Tappers of Brighouse and Huddersfield, The Dance Mill, Dance 4 All, the North Bridge Tappers, Whiteley’s Academy, Dance Arena Ballet, Brighouse Central Tappers and the Strickland Cook School.