Harriet is a dancer, actress, teacher and dance educator based in the Midlands (UK) and is an experienced and qualified rhythm tap dance teacher. She has been mentored by Barbara Duffy and Thelma Goldberg, and has a teaching certification from the American Tap Dance Foundation. She was on faculty at Tap Dance Festival UK 2017 and has worked for the New York City Tap Festival and Beantown Tap Fest (Boston USA). She is a guest dance lecturer at the University of Lincoln and has a particular interest in the classic swing time and Hollywood a Golden Era.
As a teacher of Tap, Musical Theatre, Jazz, Ballet, Ballroom, Latin and Hip Hop, Harriet is Assistant Principal of Go Dance studios, a busy dance studio in Lincolnshire where she works with aspiring dancers. She specialises in performance technique and rhythm tap dance and is very passionate about bringing rhythm tap dance into mainstream dance schools in UK.
Harriet has studied musical theatre and dance at the Urdang Academy, London, Footprints Tap Dance centre in Germany and Off Jazz Dance Center in France. She later moved to New York to study tap dance with tap teachers at the forefront of their craft: Michelle Dorrance, Chloe Arnold, Ted Levy, Heather Cornell, Brenda Bufalino, Guillem Alonso, Lynn Schwab, Derick Grant, Nicholas Young. Harriet is also an avid swing dancer and studies vernacular jazz dance.
Alongside teaching, she is a choreographer and director of a variety of dance projects and is the Founder and Artistic Director of the White Faces Project, a slapstick, vaudeville inspired dance company.
In addition she is an actress and singer pursuing musical theatre roles and plays a variety of roles for Stamford Shakespeare Company’s summer season, including Juliet (Romeo and Juliet) and Hero (Much Ado About Nothing).
For more information on Harriet Leigh Spence, visit http://www.whitefacesproject.com/
There was tons of positivity, a super fun atmosphere, freedom to explore and sharing between faculty and students.
That ‘anything goes’ attitude – a true celebration of diversity in dance and individuals.
I’ll be teaching a regular class at Pineapple Dance Studios in London from the New Year – a class that specialises in rhythm tap technique with a classic theatre / MGM musical style!
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A great groove makes people happy, so we’re gonna swing it and have a lot of fun!