Junior Laniyan

Co-founder

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Junior Laniyan is an accomplished actor/tap dancer, having appeared on stage at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in Out Of The Blues, New York on Tap, Cross Currents Turned on Tap and Finding Synaesthesia (London/Venice Jazz festivals), Robbie Williams Live at the Royal Albert Hall, Los Sones Negros, Riverdance, Master Juba, Blues for Mr. Charlie, Fences & Hamlet.

Junior has also performed with the Stan Tracey Orchestra and is a founding member of the UK tap company AboutTime and the Michele Drees Jazz Tap Project with whom he has had the pleasure of opening for the Jazz legendary Jon Hendricks at Ronnie Scott’s & performing at the Purcell Room as part of the London Jazz Festival as well as being invited to Sāo Carlos, Brazil to perform as part of Ernesto Júlio de Nazareth music festival

Television credits include Doctor Who and Holby City for the BBC. Stealing Lives for Channel Four. Family Affairs for Channel 5 and Twenty-Four Seven, Wavelength Prime suspect 2 and Coronation Street for Granada Television. Movie credits include 28 Days Later and Kill, Kill, Faster, Faster.

His tap choreography credits include Sky 1’s Louis Spence’s Show Business, Net A Porter’s online Autumn Winter Shoes Campaign and a commercial for Arab Idol. He was also a Dance Consultant for London’s 2012 Olympic opening ceremony.

www.Juniorlaniyan.com


Jess Murray

HOST

Recognised as a leading artist in the UK’s rhythm tap community Jess shares her passion through her work as a professional performer, teacher and project manager of Tap Rhythm Project. 

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Jess enjoys diversity in her work as an artist. Her eclectic music background and interest in visual and performing arts have led her to collaborate with a wide range of artists.

Jess has also appeared at the Purcell Rooms (London Jazz Festival) with Heather Cornell and Andy Milne and Bandwidth in Finding Synaesthesia and again with Andrew Nemr and Junior Laniyan as part of the Michele Drees Jazz Tap Project. The tap project has also performed as part of the opening act for the legendary John Hendrix at Ronnie Scotts. As a member of UK rhythm tap company AboutTime Jess has performed at The Tristan Bates Theatre in the West End, Chequer Mead Theatre in East Grinstead, Bath Dance Festival, Unity Festival – O2 Arena and the Greenwich Dance Agency cabaret evening amongst others.

Jess is a lead artist in SoundMoves that explores dance and music improvisation across a range of dance forms and music cultures. Jess has also created work that was performed at Band on the Wall and Contact Theatre.

Contracts include UK tours and a run at Glastonbury Avalon Stage as a Clog dancer with sell out five star reviewed (The Independent & Telegraph) show The Lock In  during the Edinburgh Fringe.

Jess also worked with Les Commandos Percu performing in France, Belgium, Holland and collaborating to create On the Night Shift at the Olympic Opening Ceremony at Windermere. Jess has worked for Fittings Multimedia Arts to develop the street show Master Juba  which was performed at The National Theatre, Kendal Mint Fest and in Liverpool and Belfast. Jess was also commissioned by the BBC to create an ensemble tap piece for the children’s show Zingzillas.

Jess Hosts tap jams for Tap Rhythm Project Tap in Manchester at Matt and Phreds Jazz Cluband Band on the Wall. She also recently set up a new jam session in Nottingham. 

After initially guest hosting the London Tap Jam she has now been asked by the original team to be their regular host 


Melody Lander 

Co-founder / event co-ordinator / publicity

As well as being a tap dancer, Melody is also a documentary producer/director, with over 13 years experience working in television on factual programming broadcast on BBC1, BBC2, ITV and Channel 4. The critically acclaimed Channel 4 series that Melody worked on as an assistant producer, Last Chance Kids, won a Royal Television Society award and was nominated for a Grierson Award.

From the age of eight, Melody initially learnt to tap dance through completing the traditional British ISTD syllabus. After a considerable break from the art form, in 2002 she discovered Junior Laniyan's rhythm tap classes at Pineapple Dance Studios in Covent Garden, where she was introduced to the world of rhythm tap dancing and improvisation and hasn't looked back since.

She has been privileged enough to have taken classes with the likes of Heather Cornell, Roxane Butterfly and Andrew Nemr. Improvisation is where her passion lies.


Dan Sheridan

Co-founder / website / sound / publicity

Dan took up tap dance while dating a clog dancer, and has been hooked ever since. He has studied with many different teachers while moving round the country, and was introduced to improvisation at a workshop in Edinburgh with one of Junior's students. Since then, he's been privileged to study with Josh Hilberman, Heather Cornell and Max Pollak. He regularly attends the TapMotif festival in Greece, and in 2009 directed one of the student projects for performance in Athens.

Not just a tap dancer, Dan is a traditional sword dancer with Thrales Rapper, and also dances with Gog Magog Molly in Cambridge.

Dr Sheridan is a site reliability engineer at Google, having previously worked as a consultant to the nuclear industry in the UK and abroad.


Michèle Drees

The Michèle Drees Trio band leader

Michèle Drees is a well established drummer on the London Music scene for 32 years.

She has been a supporting musician to many truly great Artists across lots of genres including Marc Almond, Kirsty MacColl, Badmarsh & Shri, Seal, Freakpower and  Ive Mendes amongst many others. Playing in the house band for the Jonathan Ross show with  KD Lang, Susanne Vega, Candy Dulfer, Mica Paris and more.

Michèle has worked extensively in Jazz and Latin, performing with many of her contemporaries that have gone on to great acclaim. 

Including Clare Martin, Ian Shaw, Jean  Toussaint, Gill Manly, Deirdre Cartwright and Dill Katz. She currently heads up her own band called The Michele Drees JAZZ TAP PROJECT.

Michèle has a deep love for rhythm tap dance, this being the first craft she fell in love with as a little girl.

Michèle's trio has played for the London Tap Jam at Ronnie Scotts since 2009. Her vision now is to create spectacular arrangements where by Rhythm Tap takes it's rightful place alongside the musicians as percussionists. Michèle is also a talented singer songwriter and interpreter of Brasilian Bossa Novas, another of her lifelong passions. A drummer that combines so many influences into her playing, this has developed into a truly individual expressive intricate voice.

www.micheledrees.com 


Annette Walker

Renegade Stage

As well as leading the Renegade Stage, Annette is a member of the UK tap group AboutTime, and one of the key members of the Tap Rhythm Project.

Annette has performed in such events as Turned on Tap with tap group London Jazz Tap Orchestra at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the gDA Cabaret at Greenwich Dance Agency, the royal charity show Aspects of Dance with AboutTime at Richmond Theatre, and a number of solo and guest appearances in festivals and special events. She has also appeared on television show The New Paul O'Grady Show with AboutTime.

In addition to performing, Annette is a tap dance teacher for Greenwich Dance Agency and a contributing writer for Talking Tap in the dance magazine Dance Expression.

http://www.annettewalker.co.uk