Most memorable tap class

Having been a participant at the festival for years I was excited to work with an incredible team of like minded people who all love tap dancing and love being able to bring exciting opportunities to tap dancers in Australia.

Have you ever fallen on stage at the ATDF gala show?

Taking a class at the LA tap festival with the legendary Arthur Duncan

Favorite food

Vegetarian curry laksa and popcorn

Jessie's story

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.

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