- Posted May 23, 2014 by
World's Fastest Tap Dancer Still Speed Tapping After Five Decades
Tony Adams is taking a well-earned rest from his daily practice routines to celebrate National Tap Dancing Day on May 25th with other tap dancers around the globe.
President George H. W. Bush signed National Tap Dance Day into American law on November 8th 1989, to celebrate tap dancing as an American art form. May 25th was chosen as it is the birthday of Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, a significant contributor to tap dance.
Tony Adams, a Sydney stockbroker and motivational speaker, was crippled at birth. Against medical advice, his mother, hoping it would strengthen the bones and muscles in his legs, put a 3-year-old Tony into tap dancing classes. That was 52 years ago.
Much to the amazement of the medical fraternity this worked, and Tony was able to lead an active life without the callipers and crutches he had been born hostage to.
Tony went on to win numerous tap dancing titles, breaking the Guinness World Records™ Most Taps in 60 Seconds record twice and earning the moniker “the world's fastest tap dancer” from 2008-2011.
0n August 4th 2008 Tony broke his first world record by tapping the floor 602 times in 60 seconds live on a New Zealand television show. This was as a spur-of-the-moment decision after an American film producer challenged Tony’s ability to become the fastest tap dancer in the world. Nine months later, after an intense fitness campaign, Tony broke the record a second time, doing a staggering 1,056 taps in those 60 seconds. Averaging 17.6 taps per second was a remarkable achievement for someone 50 years of age and showed the world just how fast Tony was.
His mother captured the hearts of the media at the time by declaring, “I don't know what all the fuss is about; he was a much better dancer when he was younger."
Tony credits his years of tap dancing for his great health and fitness today. He encourages people of any age or ability to take classes as a way of maintaining cardio fitness, aiding in coordination, boosting social skills and experiencing the therapeutic benefits of self-expression.
Tony is now amazed at the number of adults taking tap dancing classes and hopes that this trend continues to keep the art form that has served him and others so well.
Today, Tony is still dancing professionally, motivating audiences with his story and demonstrating his blazing tap dancing speed at business conferences and on cruise ships around the globe.