Fastest tap dancer-world record
set by Tony Adams
WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- Tony
Adams, 49, share-broker and motivational speaker,
danced in 60 seconds using 602 tap beats-setting the world
record for the Fastest
Photo: The 602 tap beats that Tony
Adams danced in 60 seconds were recorded with a PZM
microphone and specialised computer software, meaning each
individual tap could be converted from audio to digital for
The technology eanbles sound waves
to be displayed graphically like heartbeats on a heart-rate
monitor, or like ‘snicko’ in cricket.
“It’s pretty challenging to sustain that pace
for 60 seconds,” Tony says, “and a minute’s never felt longer!”
Tony’s record-setting shoes are old-style
tap shoes with screw-on metal plates, whereas modern tap dance
shoes have the plates riveted to the sole.
Tony’s 82-year-old mother, Mary Adams, watched
her son break the record on television.
“I’m very proud of him but I really can’t understand
what all the fuss is about,” she says. “He was a much better
dancer when he was younger.”
Adams has been invited to tell his remarkable record-breaking
tale to various groups at functions around the country where
the high-energy speed tapping has been captivating audiences.
He has also attracted the sponsorship of Intercontinental
Hotels and Resorts Group and Sydney-based Scorpio Music to
assist him promote New Zealand dance overseas.
Adams smashed the Guinness World Record of 512 tap
beats a minute, previously held in England, with a staggering
Thursday, December 11, 2008