TDRN UK Research Festival 2022

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Exciting news from Tap Dance Research Network UK…

5th – 10th April 2022


Just a few more days to go until the first TDRNUK research festival. It’s an amazing line up of 17 tap dance and percussive dance artists, researchers and scholars from the UK, North America and Canada.

We have 3 different online events and 1 in-person day in Leicester, UK with a live music tap jam party to close and celebrate in true tap dance style.


We will be welcoming:

Thomas F. DeFrantz, Heather Cornell, Travis Knights, Lisa La Touche, Simeon Weedall, Hannah James, Rosa Cisneros, Harriet Spence, Lexi Bradburn, Lee Payne, Annette Walker, Trish Melton, Karen Wood, Ademola Junior Laniyan, Jack Evans, Jess Murray, Thelma Goldberg.

Take a look at the website for full info about all the sessions and the fantastic people contributing to this event.
We can’t wait to get started and we hope that you can join us.
Best wishes,

Schedule at a glance

Tuesday 5th April – Online | 18:30 – 20:45 BST | 13:30 EDT | 10:30 PDT
‘Imagining The Perfect Ecosystem For Tap Dance’ A Discussion with Travis Knights and Lisa LaTouche

Thursday 7th April – Online | 12:00 – 13:00 BST | 07:00 EDT
‘Foot Percussion Discussion’ with Hannah James, Simeon Weedall, Rosamaria E. Kostic Cisneros

Thursday 7th April – Online | 19:00 – 20:30 BST | 14:00 EDT | 11:00 PDT
Thomas DeFrantz ‘The history of the relationship between rhythm tap dance and the concert stage – an introduction’

Sunday 10th April
11:00 – 18:00 In-person event @ De Montfort University, Leicester, UK
19:00 – 21:00 Tap Jam Closing Party, Leicester, UK

TDRN In Person Event 10th April 2022
TDRN Leicester Tap Jam 10th April 2022

Join TDRN UK, on Sunday 10th April, for a day of tap – dancing, talking, sharing and learning. Whether you tap dance or not, or are simply tap-curious, TDRN UK welcomes everyone to join us as we delve into the richness and diversity of research and creative practices in tap dance today.

For those of you that want to get your tap shoes on – there will be workshops with Ademola Junior Laniyan and Jess Murray, as well as a tap jam closing party where everyone can enjoy dancing with live music.

You will be treated to a special screening of ‘Date Leap’ by choreographer Jack Evans with the opportunity to hear from Jack as well as featured artist Lee Payne about the creative process.

Annette Walker will share insights from her PhD research into the influence of American choreographer Buddy Bradley on British dance in film and on stage. Trish Melton will lead a practical session exploring her practice based PhD research into tap dance teaching techniques and pedagogy. If you would like to learn more about developing research projects ‘Routes into Research’ session led by Karen Wood will help you navigate different approaches and opportunities both within education institutions and as an independent researcher.

The education panel led by Trish Melton and Karen Wood will explore approaches to teaching, what’s important in tap dance education and how we include history & culture in the classroom. We will be joined by Lexi Bradburn of Sole Rebel Tap, Harriet Spence of Theatre Tap and Lee Payne, with pre-recorded input to the panel provided by Lisa La Touche (Canada) and Thelma Goldberg (US).

There will be an ‘Open Space’ event to share experiences, make connections and talk about ideas, issues and possibilities in tap dance research in all its many forms.

Take a look at the website for full info about all the sessions and the fantastic people contributing to this event.

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