TDRN UK began as a result of the ‘Tap Dance Research Symposium’ coordinated by Jess Murray to address an identified lack of peer review and support for Tap Dance researchers in the UK. The symposium took place in May 2019 at De Montfort University in Leicester where Jess is undertaking a practice research Ph.D.
Our initial Steering team form in May 2019 included Jess Murray, Sally Crawford-Shepherd, Annette Walker, Trish Melton, Deborah Norris and Karen Wood with Junior Laniyan, Lee Payne and Nathan James joining in June 2020.
Our Aims and Objectives
- Create a UK wide network of students, educators, researchers, academics, practitioners and participants with an interest in Tap Dance research.
- Provide greater access to high quality information resources around Tap Dance histories and practices.
- Engage with the tap community globally but from the perspective of a UK situated group that is aware of its own tap history and context within the art form.