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Jo Scanlan

Jo is a tap dancer, teacher, choreographer and a Guinness World Record™ breaking tap dancer.

Jo completed her training at The Centre of Performing Arts obtaining Fellowship status in tap and modern with the ISTD and the IDTA. Jo has continued to study tap dance in America training in residence and privately with Heather Cornell, Barbara Duffy, Dr Henry Le Tang and Dr Bunny Briggs, as well as master classes with Arthur Duncan, Dick Van Dyke, Fayard Nicholas and Jason Samuels Smith.

In 2005 Jo was the recipient of the Lisa Ullmann Scholarship for 2005, which enabled her to study rhythm tap in America with some of the world’s leading teachers and tap legends. In 2006 Jo was awarded her second scholarship to study in New York with Heather Cornell and Manhattan Tap and in 2008 The Finzi Fellowship.

As a teacher Jo has spent the last 9 years working as a regular and guest tap dance teacher and tap choreographer at various vocational colleges & schools in the UK and Europe. These include Italia Conti, London Studio Centre, The Centre for Performing Arts, Sylvia Young Theatre School, and Bird College. Jo also teachers regularly for the Associated Tap Dancers and was a teacher at their 2008 festival.

In 2006 Jo became co-founder of Tap Attack with Dean Magri and over the last three years have specialised in delivering workshops within the UK and Europe, giving children, adults, professionals and teachers the unique opportunity to experience different teachers and styles.

Along with the tap choreographer of River Dance, Tarik Winston and Tap Dogs Resident Director James Doubtfire, Jo is the co-artistic director of the Tap Attack Youth Company, who represented England at the 2008 and 2009 tap world championships in Germany.

Jo is also the Director of Tap for the England branch of the International Dance Organisation.

Jo has been a contributing author for On Tap Magazine and Dance Expression Magazine since 2005.

Jo has worked extensively as a tap dance performer and tap dance choreographer through her own dance company and independently. Choreography and performances credits include work for the BBC, ITV, Sky TV, Spun Gold TV, Tap City 2008, Tap Fest 2005, Hilton National and Motorola. Jo has recently returned from America having been invited to teach at and judge for Dance Masters of America in Oklahoma.

In 2009 Jo set a new Guinness World Record™ for the most number of beats in 60 seconds, smashing the existing record of 602 by 182 beats to set an unprecedented record of 784 beats, which was televised on Sky One’s “Guinness World Records Smashed”.


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