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     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 tap dancer.

   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 quantification purposes.
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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.”

Tony 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.

Tony Adams smashed the Guinness World Record of 512 tap beats a minute, previously held in England, with a staggering 602 beats.

   Thursday, December 11, 2008

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