Jo Scanlan

Tap Dance Festival UK Faculty Jo ScanlanJo completed her training at the Centre of Performing Arts, where she obtained Fellowship status in both tap and modern with the ISTD and the IDTA,  Jo was awarded a number of scholarships to further her dance education including The Lisa Ullman Travel Scholarship to train with Manhattan Tap and Heather Cornell.  Jo became the first ever dancer to be award the prestigious musical scholarship – The Finzi Fellowship, which allowed Jo to continue her training in New York and at Oklahoma University. By being awarded these scholarships Jo has then be able to train with teachers including – Barbara Duffy, Dr Henry Le Tang, Dr Bunny Briggs, Dianne Walker, Fayard Nicholas and Arthur Duncan.

Her numerous choreography and performance credits include ITV’s – This Morning, The Alan Titchmarsh Show, Britain’s Got Talent, Born To Shine, Little Big Shots, Sky One’s  –  Guinness World Records Smashed, Got To Dance, Weekend Sunrise as well as a wealth of international theatre credits which include work in the UK, Europe and America and for many corporate brands including Specsavers, Hilton, Diamond Bio Pharm and LV Insurance.

Jo has for the past 18 years been a regular tap teacher at many of the UK’s leading full-time dance colleges including Wilkes Academy of Performing Arts,Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, Sylvia Young Theatre School, Bird College, Performers College, The Centre, London Studio Centre as well as teaching at numerous workshops and festivals internationally including Tap Festival UK, United We Tap, Tap United, Tap 24:7 and the International Dance Teachers Conference. She also teaches workshops throughout the UK, Europe and America as well as at conventions and is very much in demand as a guest teacher and choreographer.

Jo is the Creative Director of Tap Attack, a Tap Company that she co-founded in 2007, which has gone on to build an international reputation for excellence in performance and technical training. The Company perform and teach regularly here in the UK, as well as overseas in theatrical productions as well as corporate performances for brands such as Puma, Specsavers (Spectacle Wearer of the Year 2018), LV Insurance, McDonalds and Mercedes Benz. The Company also train the UK’s national tap team and to date have 34 World Titles.

In 2009 Jo set a new Guinness World Record™ for the number of beats in 60 seconds, which was televised on Sky One’s “Guinness World Records Smashed”.

Most recently Jo has fronted a national advertising campaign for Hyperoptic Broadband.

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