Tony Adams, 49, bested the previous record -- 512 taps in a minute -- on live television while wearing his 32-year-old tap shoes, The Dominion Post reported Tuesday.
"It's pretty challenging to sustain that pace for 60 seconds, and a minute has never felt longer," he said.
Adams' 82-year-old mother, Mary, was on hand to witness the feat.
"I'm very proud of him but I really can't understand what all the fuss is about. He was a much better dancer when he was younger," she said of her son, who won several national dance titles in his youth.