TDRN UK provides a space for researchers, artists, academics, and practitioners to share knowledge, information, and research around Tap Dance.

Our steering team is made up of nine individuals that are performers, educators, artists, academics, writers, producers and often many of these at once.

We want to reflect a broad understanding of what research in Tap Dance is, and can be by engaging with the public, Academia, the Arts sector and cultural industries. We do this through holding our own events, presenting at conferences and festivals, publishing our own material and sharing information and resources through our website and social media.

Become a TDRN UK Member!

As a member you will support our work as a non-profit organisation and benefit from:

  • Free access to 4 ticketed events per year (normally costed at £6 each)
  • Automatic links to our month Network Sessions
  • Discount ticket price for our annual TDRN UK Summit
  • Other discount perks throughout the year…

For further details and how to register as a member here

Tap Dance Research Network UK present a programme of events that brings together tap dance performers, artists, scholars and researchers throughout the UK and North America.

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.

Our next Research Festival will be in April 2023. Join our mail list and follow us on social media for updates!

Monthly Network Sessions hosted by the TDRN UK steering group. These informal but structured sessions that are FREE and open to all. Connect with other people that are interested, or involved in doing research around tap dance.

For the next few sessions we are getting in to all things tap dance and sound! Shoes, microphones, floors, live sound, recording… These sessions lead by Lee Payne and Annette Walker will share information about suppliers, contacts and resources, as well as opening up the chance to have group conversations and ask questions.

Our next Network Session – Wednesday 21st September

Tap Dance Notations: Teaching through different learning modes with Susan Filipiak

Read our blog entries for previous sessions so you can see what we have been discussing and get some helpful resources around particular topics.

March 2021: Opening Session

April 2021: Tap Dance Folk Traditions

May 2021: Tap Dance and Vernacular Dance

June 2021: Tap Dance and Popular Culture

July 2021: Floors and Mics

August 2021: Shoes and Taps

September 2021: Building Tap Floors

October 2022: Step Dance with Simon Ramsey Harmer (recording of presentation)

Our Online Talk Series creates a platform for researchers to share their work with a wider tap dance audience.

Next Online Talk Series event – Wednesday 16th November 2022

Sportin’ Life: John W. Bubbles, An American Classic with Brian Harker and Jane Goldberg

In this session we hear from Brian Harker, author of ‘Sportin’ Life: John W. Bubbles, An American Classic’ about his research into the life and legacy of tap dance master John W. Bubbles. Brian will share images and footage of Bubbles in sharing insights into Bubbles’ life and career, as well as reflecting on his own journey to carry out and publish this important research. 

Jane Goldberg, who knew Bubbles towards the end of his life, will join the conversation to share stories of her time spent with this extraordinary, talented and hugely influential man.

More info

Book here