Stone and Stafford Groovers crown 1,000th tapper

Stafford and Stone based dance school, the Groove Academy, is in the spotlight after it welcomed over 1,000 tappers to its popular TAPfit classes. To celebrate reaching this milestone, Beverley Taylor was officially crowned the 1,000th tapper with a TAPfit tiara!

Patented by four Australian sisters, TAPfit is a high intensity blend of tap dancing and fitness exercises. Kate Beauchamp, a Stone resident and owner of the Groove Academy is among just a handful of UK dance teachers who are trained and licensed to run TAPfit classes.

Beverley, the 1,000th tapper, said:

“I’ve been coming to TAPfit for two years and it’s been an amazing experience. I’ve lost weight and inches and always look forward to classes, I find it a much more enjoyable way to get fit than going to the gym!”

Kate added:

“Since launching TAPfit in Stafford and Stone over two years ago we’ve had fantastic success, with male and female tappers of all ages and abilities sashaying their way to a healthier lifestyle. We’re incredibly proud to have reached this milestone and look forward to growing our Staffordshire arm of TAPfit with even more advocates.

“You don’t need any tap experience or equipment as we provide it all. So, if you’ve been inspired by Strictly Come Dancing and want to improve your fitness, learn some new moves and make new friends, put your best foot forward and ‘become the beat’ at TAPfit!”

TAPfit is just one of the dance styles taught at the Groove Academy, other classes include Salsa, Rock n Roll and Zumba, as well as children’s classes Zumbini and Mini Groovers.

For more information go to or follow @TAPfitStaffordshire on Facebook.