Jessie has been tap dancing for more than half her life, starting tap dancing at the age of 8 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 or syllabus studies. Jessie was an original member of the “Swift Rhythm Kids” and has continued on in her tap career to teach at schools across Melbourne as well as a frequent faculty member at the Australian Tap Dance Festival. Jessie has worked her way up to be a part of the committee for the festival after volunteering since its inaugural year.
Jessie has been fortunate enough to train overseas in the US with some of the worlds best tap dancers like Jason Samuels Smith, Dormeshia-Sumbry Edwards, Michelle Dorrance among many more. In her travels Jessie has been fortunate enough to perform an improvised solo in Los Angeles at Sarah Reich’s Tap Music Project intensive with live musicians under the tutelage of Sarah Reich and on 42nd street in New York as part of Tap City, 2016. Jessie is also the international ambassador for the Orange County Tap Festival. .
Having trained in tap dance for 17 years, Jessie possesses a rich understanding in the history of this art form and aims to pass on her love and knowledge of this art form that she's been so lucky to receive and keep the scene growing in Australia.