Ready for the ‘feel good factor’ at Tapathon...!

Tapathon at North Bridge Leisure Centre, Halifax. Pictured at Dorothy Stevens School of Dance in Lightcliffe
Tapathon at North Bridge Leisure Centre, Halifax. Pictured at Dorothy Stevens School of Dance in Lightcliffe

Happy hoofers will be taking to the floor at North Bridge Leisure Centre, Halifax, on Sunday, January 20 for an annual charity Tapathon.

Dancers from 16 classes in and around Calderdale will be taking part in the 17th annual event to raise money for the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation.

Last year the tapathon achieved the ambitious target of raising £200,000 since the event was started by in 1997 by Roy and Vera Hamer of Brighouse, who were good friends of Roy Castle, a dancer, musician, singer and comedian, who died from lung cancer in 1994, despite being a non-smoker.

Janet Austin, of Janet Austin Tappers in Brighouse and Huddersfield, took over the running last year - which raised £10,800 on the day.

She said: “This year it’s good to know dance schools are still happy to take part and the enthusiasm is still there for the tapathon. Everyone feels this is a very worthy cause and comments on the feel good factor of the day.”

As well as Janet Austin Tappers, it will feature Dorothy Stevens School of Dance, Lightcliffe, Whiteley’s Academy, Halifax, the North Bridge Tappers, Hoofers from Sowerby Bridge and dancers from other local schools.

There will be non-stop dance action from 10.15am to around 3pm on the day, as well as stalls, a raffle and a ‘guess the number of dancers’ competition. Sponsors include AD Hewett dental practice but any business interesting in sponsoring can contact Janet on 077092 83438.