Our Faculty

Derick Grant

Derick K. Grant (Performer, Choreographer, Director) has an established career that spans over three decades. Under the direction of two time Tone Award winning director George C. Wolfe, he was an original company member and Dance Captain for `Bring In Da Noise, Bring In Da Funk`at both The Public Theater and on Broadway and also starred in the role of da beat for the first National Tour of `Bring In da Noise, Bring In Da Funk`. He created the critically acclaimed show `Ìmagine Tap!´and was appointes as the Co-Artistic Director of Chicago Human Rhythm Project´s `Rhythm World`Summer Festival. 

In an effort to celebrate, nurture and cultivate the future of the art from of tap, Mr. Grant continues to teach locally as a faculty member at Steps On Broadyway and at venues worldwide, offering group and private instruction as well as lecture demonstrations. He is currently the national tap spokeperson for So Danca.

Jason Janas

Jason Janas is originally from New Jersey. He began his tap dance instruction under Ms. Deborah Mitchell and was the first charter member of the New Jersey Tap Ensemble. He then found a love for the dance and continued to learn and study the art form. He also trained and was a member of the North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble under the direction of Gene Medler.

Jason's first professional company after high school was Tapestry Dance Company in Austin TX, under the direction of Acia Gray. He was a principal dancer there for 5 years. His hard work ethic began to take notice and Derick Grant invited Jason to be in his show Imagine Tap! which ran for 6 weeks in Chicago, and changed his life.  He currently teaches for Wild Dance Convention and West Coast Dance Explosion, and has taught at tap festivals in New Jersey, Chicago, New York, L.A., Charlotte, Austin, San Antonio, Vancouver, Zürich, Curitiba (Brazil), Moscow, and Barcelona!

The D'Angelo Bros

The D'ANGELO BROS, Emanuele and Leonardo D'Angelo, are Tap Dancers and choreographers and 8 times winners of the Tap Dance World Championship (8th title won in December 2016). They are athletes of the Italian National Tap Dance Team rewarded 4 times at the Coni Salon D’HONNEUR for their achievements.

For the past 4 years they have been the only Italians on stage at Tap United Boston and have been honoured both by the Governor of Massachusetts as Italian excellences award, and, by the olympic committee as athletes of the year in 2014.

The D'Angelo Bro's were Italy's Got Talent finalists in 2012 and choreographers of the same TV program in 2014. They have participated in dozens of dance Galas in Italy, Sweden, Czechoslovakia, Croatia, America and Germany, held many tap dance workshops sharing the stage with prestigious names of the world tap as Cartie Williams, Jason Janas, Jason Samuel Smith, Derik Grant, Sarah Reich, Nicholas Young,Nico Rubio, and many others. 

Kate Ivory Jordan

Kate Ivory Jordan is a 21 year old performer who graduated in 2016 from Bird College with a diploma in musical theatre. During her 3rd and final year of training, Kate was chosen to dance with Olly Murs on ‘The X Factor’ for his first public performance of his newly released single ‘Kiss Me’.

 In 2008, whilst training at Italia Conti, Kate landed the role of ‘Tina Harmer’ in Billy Elliot at the Victoria Palace Theatre. She performed for a total of 6 months in the long-running musical. 

Kate was also a member of the England Tap Team. In 2010, she won her first gold medal at the IDO World Tap Championships. After 4 years of competing, Kate has gained 2 World Championship titles along with many other medals. 

Kate has trained with the likes of Jason Samuels Smith, Sarah Reich and Jason Janas. 

Kate is currently performing in the tour of 'Kiss Me, Kate', coming to the renowned West End theatre, the London Coliseum, in June.

 Other credits include the original revival cast of '42nd Street' at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, ‘42nd Street’ at the Theatre Du Châtelet (Paris), Brit Awards 2018 for Dua Lipa,  UK Music Video Awards, 'The Alternative Hair Show’ at the Royal Albert Hall, ‘Mouth Batten Festival of Music’ also at the Royal Albert Hall, and various other modelling and hair shows.

Kate co-founded Brighton Tap Festival.

Adele Joel

Adele dances from the heart with musicality coursing through her veins. Having trained and performed in cities all around the world Adele’s passion and energy can be enjoyed wherever she performs.

Adele has a growing reputation within the London tap scene where she regularly performs.

Adele recently performed as part of Andrew Nemr’s Cats Paying Dues Company in their 10th anniversary show in New York.

As a qualified teacher, Adele coaches at several dance colleges and runs her own workshops to share her passion for the tradition and history of tap dance.

Adele’s drive to grow her knowledge and experience of tap has lead her to train with some of the best teachers. She attends workshops and festivals in Europe and the United States, learning from some of the best performers and teachers in modern tap dance.

She has trained extensively with some of the leading masters inthe dance form and is beginning to share her knowledge by teaching and performing regularly in the UK and across Europe.

Jamie Spall

An original member of Tap Attack since the age of 11 she represented England for 7 years achieving 9 medals at 6 world championships.

Jamie played the role of ‘Tina Harmer’ in the musical Billy Elliot at the Victoria Palace Theatre. She performed for 18 months in the musical. 

Jamie choreographed and produced her sell-out show Tap That! as part of The Brighton Fringe along with Kate Ivory Jordan and Imogen Weatherhead, winning ‘The Best Of Fest Award’, and ‘Audience Choice Award’. Jamie went on to produce her 2nd show, this time solo 'Tap Addiction' at the 2016 Brighton

Fringe Festival. 

Jamie regularly teaches in the UK at Pineapple Dance Studios, Reynolds Training Academy, Open Space Dance School, and many other colleges and universities. Jamie has also choreographed gold medal winning dances for the Dance World Cup.

Jamie is an original member of Avalon Rathgeb's Old Kent Road, and has performed with the company for the last 3 years. 

Jamie co-founded and co-produced the Brighton Tap Festival 2015 and 2016, and is happy to be producing the festival for the 3rd time this year. 

Check out Derick Grant for So Danca