25-anniversary tap-dance reunion at the Pelsal Community Centre
A mother and son dance-duo reunited missing dancers at the 25-anniversary tap-dance reunion at the Pelsal Community Centre on September 16, 2011.
The reunion was aided by 192.com which helped Mr Rydderch trace old foot-tappers. Often all Mr Rydderch had was a first name of an ex-dancer, and vague attendance registers going back to 1996.
The hot-stepper used the edited electoral roll records and free directory enquiries on 192.com to match a name with an address, tweeting victoriously whenever an old dancer was found:
'And thanks to @192com I've just found another former tapper for our Reunion!!!! Nice one!!!! :)' he tweeted on August 15.
"My mother and I felt we just had to do something to celebrate 25 years of tap dancing, and 192.com was really useful for helping me find missing dancers," said Mr Rydderch.
Dominic Blackburn, 192.com Product Director said: "192.com helps reunite thousands of family and old friends, and we're delighted to be of service for this brilliant dance reunion."
60 current and former tap-dancers attended the event, whose ages range from 14 to 70.
The school started in 1986 as an Adult Education course for Barr Beacon Community Association, later moving to St Martin's Church in Pelsal.
Chris Rydderch began dancing at the age of six, qualifying as a professional dance teacher in his teens. He joined "Chris's Toe Tappers" in the mid 90's and began teaching tap alongside his mother Chris, bringing fresh ideas, new music and a new perspective to the art.
"In 25 years nobody left Baby in the Corner at Chris's toe-tappers,' said Chris junior, "And we had the reunion time of our lives" he added.