Jo Scanlan


Jo Scanlan

Jo is a dancer, choreographer, teacher, co founder of Tap Attack and a Guinness World Record™ breaking tap dancer

After completing her training at the Centre of Performing Arts, where she obtained Fellowship status in both tap and modern with the ISTD and the IDTA, Jo was the recipient of three separate scholarships allowing her to continue to study tap dance extensively in America.

Her numerous choreography and performance credits include Guinness World Records Smashed, The Best of Guinness World Records Smashed, This Morning, The Alan Titchmarsh Show, Got To Dance, Weekend Sunrise, Born To Shine, as well as a wealth of international theatre credits including work in the UK, Europe and America.

As a teacher Jo has spent the last 15 years working as a regular tap dance teacher and choreographer at various vocational colleges and schools both in the UK, including the Wilkes Academy of Performing Arts, Italia Conti Theatre Arts, London Studio Centre, The Centre for Performing Arts, Sylvia Young Theatre School, Bird College and Performers College, whilst also teaching workshops and festivals internationally including Tap UK Festival, United We Tap, Tap United, Tap 24:7 and the International Dance Teachers Conference.

Jo is the Creative Director of Tap Attack, a Tap Company that she co-founded in 2007, which has gone on to build an international reputation for excellence in performance and technical training. The Company perform and teach regularly here in the UK, as well as overseas in theatrical productions as well as corporate performances for brands such as Puma, McDonalds, LV Insurance, Diamond Bio Pharm and Mercedes Benz.

Jo has been a regular contributing author for dance and theatre publications for over 10 years, and was twice the recipient of the ISTD’s Gwen Carter choreographic award.

In 2009 Jo set a new Guinness World Record™ for the number of beats in 60 seconds, smashing the existing record of 602 by 182 beats to set an unprecedented record of 784 beats, which was televised on Sky One’s “Guinness World Records Smashed”.

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