Jack trained at Bird College of Dance, Music and Theatre Performance, graduating in 2011 with distinction and as a recipient of the Doreen Bird Award. Whilst studying, he also trained with Tap Attack under the mentorship of Jo Scanlan and James Doubtfire. Jack competed at the IDO World Tap Championships as part of the England Tap Team and in 2010 won the Adult Duo category with his own choreography. This achievement precipitated a choreographic career and led him to pursue an ambition of creating his own tap show.
As a performer, credits include: ’42nd Street’ (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane), ‘Bend It Like Beckham’ (Phoenix Theatre, West End), Dolce & Gabbana (Italy), ‘Anything Goes’ (Sheffield Crucible & UK Tour), ‘Burberry- Festive Commercial’ (TV), Daniel in ‘Seven Brides for Seven Brothers’ (UK & Ireland Tour), ‘42nd Street’ (Curve, Leicester), ‘Got To Dance 3: Adam Garcia’s Performance’ (Sky 1), ‘The X Factor Live’ (ITV), ‘The Anton & Erin Show’ (Guernsey), ‘McDonald’s Great Taste of America’ (TV Commercial), ‘BBC Proms- The Broadway Sound’ (Royal Albert Hall, BBC1), Laura Mvula on ‘Alan Carr- Chatty Man’ (Channel 4), ‘Priscilla Corporate’ (Leicestershire), ‘ATP Tennis Tournament Opening Ceremony’ (Doha, Qatar), ‘Spring/Summer fashion week’ (Derby, Manchester Trafford Centre & Arndale), ‘Qatar Cool Awards’ (Doha, Qatar), ‘Gas & Oil Awards’ (Abu Dhabi), ‘Dick Whittington’ (Hereford Courtyard), ‘42nd Street Concert’ (London Palladium), ‘Aladdin’ (De Montfort Hall, Leicester), The Northern Tap Company’s ‘Soundz Extraordinary’ and ‘Tap A Story’ (Barnsley Civic), World Tap Champion 2010 (Riesa, Germany).
As a teacher and choreographer, credits include: The England Tap Team, The London Studio Centre’s ‘Jazz Co’, Masters Performing Arts, Morea Performing Arts, Dupont Dance Stage School, The Urdang Academy, LIPA, Addict Dance Academy, Bird College and Brighton Tap Festival.
Jack is currently in the ensemble of 42nd Street playing at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.
What are you most looking forward to at TDFUK 18?
Seeing all the tap talent that the north has to offer.
To you, what makes TDFUK different?
It provides an international faculty that covers the full spectrum of tap dance styles.
Is there any advice you would give to anyone attending TDFUK18, or to any upcoming tappers/dancers?
80% of your practice should be on your own, in a studio, working out what you studied in class.
And finally, what can we expect from you at TDFUK? Why should we come to your workshop?
I’m trying to bridge the gap between theatre tap and rhythm tap; there does not need to be a compromise in sound or visual depending on your style.