Tap dancing originates from Irish clog dancing and what is called the Irish reel and jig. Among the greatest tap dancers are John Jack Diamond, Bill Bojangles Robinson and Fred Astaire, with Michael Flatley‘s Riverdance being the most famous tap dance performance.
In tap dance contests you really have to watch your every step – judges at Irish jigging contests sit under the stage to assess the dancer’s steps. How many steps? On January 14, 1973, Roy Castle set a Guinness World Record at 1,440 taps per minute (24 per second). In 1990, Stephen Gare of the UK achieved 32 steps per second!