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World record for largest tap dancing lesson broken during Belfast's Culture Night

John Monaghan

A WORLD record was broken during Belfast's Culture Night on Friday for the largest tap dancing lesson.

A total of 445 people participated in a 30 minute lesson and three minute performance at the Europa Hotel in the city centre.

The dancers ranged in age from two to 87 years-old.

The previous Guinness World Record had been set in Australia last year, when 247 dancers took to the floor.

The lesson was led by the Julie Dorman School of Dance, and organised by Bank of Ireland UK and Visa.

 The buoys in Buoy Park got a facelift for Culture Night in Belfast. Picture by Hugh Russell

People participating in the world's largest tap dancing lesson at the Europa Hotel in Belfast on Friday. Picture by Press Eye/Darren Kidd

445 people broke the world record for the largest tap dance lesson during Belfast's Culture Night on Friday. Picture by Press Eye/Darren Kidd

The Alzheimer's Society collected donations through contactless collection buckets at the event and the Bank of Ireland has committed to match funds raised on the night.

Ian Sheppard from Bank of Ireland said: "We wanted to embrace the ethos of Culture Night by organising the world's largest tap dance lesson - which was a fun play on how easy it is to make contactless payments with a simple tap."

There were more than 250 free events to mark Culture Night in Belfast on Friday. Picture by Matt Bohill

There were more than 250 free events across 100 locations in Belfast city centre to mark Culture Night, which was marking its tenth anniversary.

From city hall all the way through to the Cathedral Quarter, thousands of people enjoyed a free evening of music, dance, theatre and art.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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 A street artist at work in Belfast city centre on Culture Night. Picture by Mal McCann

Belfast's Culture Night was marking its tenth anniversary. Picture by Matt Bohill

Thousands of people enjoyed a free night of music, dance, culture, theatre and art during Culture Night. Picture by Hugh Russell

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