Jessie started tap dancing at the age of 8 years old after seeing Grant Swift’s troupe performing in the Melbourne CBD. Since then, Jessie has been fully immersed into rhythm based tap dance studies with no prior dance of syllabus studies. Jessie was an original member of the “Swift Rhythm Kids” and has continued on in her tap career to become a teacher across various locations in Melbourne including at the Australian Tap Dance Festival and now a committee member. Jessie started volunteering for the Australian Tap Dance Festival as a teenger after having attended every year previously and has worked up into a committee member role in 2018.
Jessie has been fortunate enough to train overseas with some of the worlds best tap dancers like Jason Samuels Smith, Dormeshia-Sumbry Edwards, Chloe Arnold among many more. In her travels Jessie has been fortunate enough to perform a solo on stage in Los Angeles at Sarah Reich’s Tap Music Project intensive and on 42nd street.
Jessie is excited to be able to work with the festival to provide exciting opportunities to students to learn, grow and excel in their tap dance careers, the same ones she has been so lucky to have growing up.