TAPfit - Startup of the Year

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Company: TAPfit, Queensland, Australia
Company Description: TAPfit is the World’s First Tap Dancing Fitness Program using patented technology and world first scientific research to deliver an entire body workout combining tap dancing and fitness. TAPfit is the first of its kind and has now been patented in over 50 countries by sisters & Creators, Annie, Fiona, Katherine & Rachel Johnson.
Nomination Category: Company/Organization Awards Categories
Nomination Sub Category: Startup of the Year - Consumer Products Industries

Nomination Title: TAPfit

Describe for the judges the activities and accomplishments of the nominated organization since the beginning of July last year (up to 525 words). Begin this section with the date since July 1 2014 on which this organization began operations:

About TAPfit:

TAPfit is the World’s First Tap Dancing Fitness Program using patented technology and world first scientific research to deliver an entire body workout combining tap dancing and fitness.

TAPfit is the first of its kind and has now been patented in over 50 countries. Former World Tap Dancing representatives, the Johnson Sister’s, dedicated three years to crafting the program alongside a team of medical, diet and exercise professionals.

While tap dancing traditionally requires tap shoes, the Patented ‘tap attachment’ slips over existing running shoes. TAPfit is ideal for anyone who wants to get fit, have fun and learn to tap dance. You can do TAPfit even if you have 2 left feet! TAPfit currently ships to the United States, the United Kingdom & Australia.

About the Creators:

Triplets, Annie, Fiona and Rachel Johnson and younger sister, Katherine, are all qualified Tap Dancing Teachers. Fiona holds an MBA and previously worked as a Management Consultant, Annie is a qualified lawyer, Rachel is a qualified accountant and Katherine studied Commerce and is currently studying her Masters in Communication.

Our Achievements in the last year;

Expanded in to the UK

This year we have expanded in to the United Kingdom and Europe with over 52 Qualified TAPfit Instructors holding TAPfit classes in Northern Ireland, Scotland, England, Holland and Italy.

TAPfit Tour throughout the United States

In February and March, we toured throughout the United States appearing on National Shows such as “Hollywood Today Live” and “Hallmark Home and Family”. We also appeared on “Good Day LA”, “Philadelphia News”, “Healthy Lifestyle with Eraldo” and “Daytime” in Florida.

The World’s First University Therapy Studies;

In a recent first of its kind trial, researchers at La Trobe University recently explored the correlation between tap dancing and improved motor performance, life quality and wellbeing in individuals of varying movement abilities.

Spearheaded by Professor Meg Morris, who has previously conducted studies on the benefits of tango and Irish dancing for Parkinson’s patients, the tap research findings are due to be released later this year.

“This is the first time we’ve looked at tap dancing and we’ve realised its potential. It is part of a much bigger picture, further cognitive dance studies may unearth intricacies in what way the brain controls movement,” Professor Morris said.

“Tap dancing requires you to learn short routines, so you have to think about movement, sequence and have to do the steps in a certain order. It’s a really good way to exercise your brain at the same time as exercising your body.”

Annie is now spearheading the World’s First Study in Melbourne with Professor Meg Morris consisting of Parkinson’s, brain Tumor and adult Cerebral Palsy patients and how Tap Dancing and movement can slow decline.

We are disrupting the traditional consumer model existing in the United States by using our business skills to create our own supply chain distributing TAPfit around the world. We are proud to be a 100% female owned Family Business proving that Women can achieve anything they set out to.

Provide a brief biography of the person or persons who lead the nominated company (up to 125 words):

"Brisbane triplets Rachel, Fiona, Annie and their younger sister Katherine Johnson are the brains behind the world’s first tap dancing fitness program – TAPfit.

With more than 21 years of tap, ballet and gymnastics experience under each of their belts the quartet are talented tap instructors and firm believers in the holistic health benefits associated with this form of dance. All four sisters competed as part of the first Australian Tap Dancing Team in the 2009 World Championships in Germany.

The multi-skilled Johnson sisters have also upheld professional careers in law, commerce, accounting and marketing whilst pursuing their passion for tap dance and are now dedicated to crafting the TAPfit program alongside a team of accredited medical, diet and exercise professionals.

Choose one (even if both apply): At least 50% of the shares in this company are owned by women.