Jess is a professional Tap Dance performer, teacher and educator who works collaboratively with musicians to create original performance work. She has coordinated community tap dance initiative Tap Rhythm Project since 2006, delivering rhythm tap sessions with community groups and producing tap jams and guest artist workshops in Manchester and Nottingham. Jess has taught at LIPA, The Lowry Theatre and Band on the Wall amongst numerous other colleges and venues. Her inspiration comes from ‘Hoofing’, an African American art form which places musicality, improvisation and self-expression at the heart of the tap dancers craft. Jess is currently undertaking Ph.D practice research at De Montford University into ‘Improvisational Dramaturgy for Tap Dancers’ funded by Midland4Cities.
As a guest soloist improviser, Jess has appeared twice at the Purcell Rooms as part of London Jazz Festival with Heather Cornell and Andy Milne and Bandwidth and again with Andrew Nemr and Junior Laniyan as part of the Michele Drees Jazz Tap Project with whom she also performed as part of the opening act for the legendary John Hendrix at Ronnie Scotts.