Tap dancing queens

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 feet kept dancing all day to ensure that the 16th Roy’s Relay Tapathon was a stomping success.

Organised for the first time by Janet Austin and Ashley Nelson of Janet Austin Tappers, the event at North Bridge Leisure Centre, Halifax, attracted 15 dance schools and around 400 participants in a sponsored danceathon for the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation.

Janet and Ashley took over from the event’s founders Roy and Vera Hamer of Brighouse who retired last year.

“I was very nervous stepping into Roy and Vera’s footsteps and I didn’t want to let them down. But it was a fantastic event and we are very pleased with the support we received from dancers, supporters and members of the audience.

“Money is still coming in but we are quietly confident that we will reach the total we were aiming for of £200,000 raised for the charity over the past 15 years.”

Dance schools from Huddersfield, Bradford, Brighouse and Halifax took part including the Dorothy Stevens School of Dance at Lightcliffe, the Janet Austin Tappers of Brighouse and Huddersfield, Ryburn 3 Step of Ripponden and the Gainsborough Stage School in Bradford.

Representaives of the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation in Liverpool were in the audience to support the event.

The dancers stepped out to a wide variety of music including a selection from ‘A Chorus Line’ and other stage shows and ‘That Man’ by Caro Emerald.

“There was a great atmosphere and everyone had a good time,” said Janet who has already started planning next year’s event.