Jo Scanlan

Jo is an award winning tap dancer and choreographer, director of Tap Attack and sought after teacher. With countless TV and theatre credits, an illustrious teaching career and numerous World championship titles, her curriculum vitae is impressive.

In 2009 Jo set a new Guinness World Record™ for the number of beats in 60 seconds, which was televised on Sky One’s “Guinness World Records Smashed”. Most recently she fronted a national advertising campaign for Hyperoptic Broadband and her other numerous choreography and performance credits include ITV’s – This Morning, The Alan Titchmarsh Show, Britain’s Got Talent, Born To Shine, Little Big Shots, Sky One’s  –  Guinness World Records Smashed, Got To Dance, Weekend Sunrise along with a wealth of international theatre credits in the UK, Europe and America.  Jo has also completed work for many corporate brands including Specsavers, Hilton, Diamond Bio Pharm, LV Insurance and Hyperoptic Broadband.

Jo is head of dance at the acclaimed Wilkes Academy of Performing Arts and for the past 18 years has been a regular tap teacher at many of the UK’s leading full-time dance colleges including Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, Sylvia Young Theatre School, Bird College, Performers College, The Centre, London Studio Centre. Understandably Jo is very much in demand as a guest teacher and choreographer and has shared her expertise at many national and international conventions, workshops and festivals including Tap Festival UK, United We Tap, Tap United, Tap 24:7 and the International Dance Teachers Conference.

Jo co-founded Tap Attack in 2007 and with her at the helm as Creative Director, the organisation has gone on to build an international reputation for excellence in performance and technical training both in the UK and overseas. They have regularly featured in theatrical productions and have provided corporate performances for brands such as Puma, Specsavers, LV Insurance, McDonalds and Mercedes Benz. Tap Attack are also responsible for training the UK’s national tap team and to date have 34 World Titles.

Jo completed 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 awarded a number of esteemed scholarships to further her dance education including The Lisa Ullman Travel Scholarship to train with Manhattan Tap and Heather Cornell.  Jo became the first ever dancer to be awarded the prestigious musical scholarship – The Finzi Fellowship, which allowed Jo to continue her training in New York and at Oklahoma University. As a result of these elite scholarships Jo was able to train with renowned teachers such as – Barbara Duffy, Dr Henry Le Tang, Dr Bunny Briggs, Dianne Walker, Fayard Nicholas and Arthur Duncan.