Harriet Lee Spence with Tap Dance Festival UK 2018 Harriet Leigh Spence

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/


Get ready to Swing with Harriet Leigh Spence as she returns to TDFUK Faculty for 2018.

Read on to see what Harriet has to say…..


Harriet Lee Spence with Tap Dance Festival UK 2018


  How was your experience of the Tap Dance Festival 2017?

There was tons of positivity, a super fun atmosphere, freedom to explore and sharing between faculty and students.


To you, what makes TDFUK different?

That ‘anything goes’ attitude – a true celebration of diversity in dance and individuals.


Do you have any upcoming projects which you’d like to share?

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!


Is there any advice you would give to anyone attending TDFUK18, or to any upcoming tappers/dancers?

Listen, share and PLAY!


What are you most looking forward to at the Tap Dance Festival 2018?

More sharing!


And finally, what can we expect from you at TDFUK? Why should we come to your workshop?

A great groove makes people happy, so we’re gonna swing it and have a lot of fun!


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