Beginner Classes

Sole Rebel: Lexi Bradburn

We are SOLE REBEL, a female led company who move to our own beat. We love rhythm, storytelling and making music with our feet and have been since 2010. We present tap dance in a contemporary context, in unexpected ways. We make, perform and teach throughout the UK.

Tap Dance UK: Ryan Campbell – Birch

Our class will be taught by our very own TDUK Creative Director.

Ryan has performed, taught and choreographed extensively within the performing arts, with recent work including projects with Old Kent Road, Tap Attack, Tap Dance UK and Hellion Trace.

Old Kent Road: Avalon Rathgeb

Avalon a Bird College graduate was invited to accept 1 of 25 places reserved for outstanding dancers in the 2014 Tap programme at the School at Jacob’s Pillow, USA. She is the founder and Artistic Director of tap dance company ‘Old Kent Road’ (funded by Arts Council England). Her career highlights include opening ceremony of London 2012 Olympic Games, the closing ceremony of the European Games (Baku Azerbaijan) 2015, a principle dancer with ‘Tapestry Dance Company’, USA. As a solo artist Avalon frequently teaches and performs internationally for tap festivals and events including; Taptastic (Germany), Bolzano Danza (Italy), Odessa Tap Festival (Ukraine).

Intermediate Classes

Helen Duffy

Helen studied dance in London, New York and Barcelona before settling in London where she now teaches regularly. As a performer Helen is a member of UK tap dance company “Old Kent Road” as well as “Sebastian Weber Dance Company” in Germany. Later this year she will also premier her first solo piece “Duffy’s Jam”.


Alastair Crosswell

Alastair’s performing career has covered the West End, UK & International Tours, and both BBC and ITV. Theatre credits include Singin’ In The Rain, Gypsy, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Jersey Boys, Choir Of Man, and Seussical. TV includes Quiz (ITV1) and D-Day 75 (BBC One). Alastair is also a founding member of leading UK tap company Old Kent Road.

Jamie Spall

Jamie Spall is a professional tap dancer, currently performing with the UK tap company ‘Old Kent Road’. Jamie is co-founder of the first international tap dance festival in the UK ‘Brighton Tap Festival’. Jamie has taught at international tap festivals and numerous UK vocational colleges, and has choreographed award-winning shows.

Advanced Classes

Theatre Tap London

Theatre Tap London was founded by Kirsty Fuller and Harriet Leigh Spence; two Tap Dance Creatives with a passion for tap dance education and advancing tap dance in musical theatre.

With their extensive tap dance training in New York, this duo specialises in training professional performers through rhythm tap technique, improvisation and choreography.

They have a particular interest in iconic tap screen to stage shows and the Hollywood Golden Era.

Jack Evans

Jack trained at Bird College of Dance, Music and Theatre Performance, graduating in 2011 as the recipient of the Doreen Bird Award. Whilst studying, he also trained with Tap Attack under the mentorship of Jo Scanlan and James Doubtfire.

As a teacher and choreographer, credits include: The GB Tap Team (2009-Present); The London Studio Centre’s ‘Jazz Co’; Masters Performing Arts; Morea Performing Arts; The Urdang Academy; LIPA; Addict Dance Academy; Bird College; Mountview Academy; SKIN Fashion Show (Canary Wharf); The London Tap Dance Intensive and The Brighton Tap Festival.

Jack is the writer and choreographer of Feet Keep Me Flyin’, a narrative driven tap show, which is currently being developed for a full production.


Adele Joel

Adele is one of the leading tap dancers in the UK today. Adele
has performed in many productions around the world including
Andrew Nemr’s CPD10, Old Kent Road and Swinging at the
Cotton Club. Adele continually shares her passion with her students. She teaches and choreographs at many UK colleges and is a regular
faculty member at many leading international festivals.

Tap Dance Research Network

What Tap Dance research has been done in the UK and what is happening now? What are the possibilities for the future and how can you get involved?

The Tap Dance Research Network UK brings together researchers, artists, academics and practitioners. We advocate, engage and develop an open platform that connects industry and academia to explore creative practice in tap dance. We invite you to join us on a  journey through UK Tap Dance history, Improvisation, creative practice, traditions and innovations in Tap Dance teaching. We also want to hear from you and learn about your research interests.

Join members of our Team Dr. Trish Melton, Dr. Sally Crawford, Annette Walker, P.hD researcher Jess Murray, Deborah Norris and Dr Karen Wood to learn more about their ongoing research in Tap Dance and how you can connect with the wider world of Tap Dance Research through the TDRN UK. 

We look forward to meeting you