Jack Evans is a London based creative who specialises
in choreographing tap dance for theatre, tv and film.
Tap dance is often considered a relic of the golden era of jazz that belongs exclusively to period musicals. Jack continually strives to form creative alliances across the entertainment industry and generate opportunities to revitalise the form for public audiences.
Jack's creative process begins with close collaborations with writers, directors, co-choreographers and designers to fully explore the possibilities with how to integrate movement and rhythm into a project. After extensive research, he then deconstructs music and story, develops themes and character styles, and experiments with how tap and/or body percussion can fuse with other dance forms.
Jack also advocates the use of a 'tap consultant' in the process of creating period musicals that include tap dance - an associate/co-choreographic role that involves working with a choreographer/movement director in their creative process to fully explore rhythmic and movement choices, collaborating with musical supervisors and orchestrators to develop choreographic musicality, coaching cast members with limited tap dance training and ensuring optimal sound quality with technical and design teams.
Technique · Musical Theatre · Choreography · Hoofing · Improvisation · history
Jack is passionate about teaching and believes in the importance of studying hoofing (often known as 'American' or 'Rhythm' tap in the U.K.) and learning the socio-political and cultural factors that shaped tap's development over its history in order to achieve a complete understanding of technique. Studying hoofing and bridging the gap between tap and other styles of dance - identifying cross overs in cultures and discussing how studying different dance forms compliment each other - creates well rounded, intelligent performers who are not limited to any one style.
Jack regularly teaches at vocational colleges across London and takes bookings to teach and choreograph internationally for all ages and abilities.
Jack is the creator of the new tap dance musical, Feet Keep Me Flyin'.
Jack trained at Bird College of Dance, Music and Theatre Performance, graduating in 2011 as the recipient of the Doreen Bird Award. Whilst studying, he also trained with Tap Attack under the mentorship of Jo Scanlan and James Doubtfire. Jack competed at the IDO World Tap Championships as part of the England Tap Team and in 2010 won the Adult Duo category with his own choreography. This achievement precipitated a choreographic career.
As a teacher and choreographer, credits include: The England Tap Team (2009-Present); The London Studio Centre’s ‘Jazz Co’; Masters Performing Arts; Morea Performing Arts; The Urdang Academy; LIPA; Addict Dance Academy; Bird College; Mountview Academy; SKIN Fashion Show (Canary Wharf) and The Brighton Tap Festival.
As a performer, credits include: '42nd Street' (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane); ‘Bend It Like Beckham’ (Phoenix Theatre, West End); Dolce & Gabbana (Italy); ‘Anything Goes’ (Sheffield Crucible & UK Tour); ‘Burberry- Festive Commercial’ (TV); Daniel in ‘Seven Brides for Seven Brothers’ (UK & Ireland Tour); ‘42nd Street’ (Curve, Leicester); ‘Got To Dance 3: Adam Garcia’s Performance’ (Sky 1); ‘The X Factor Live’ (ITV); ‘The Anton & Erin Show’ (Guernsey); ‘McDonald’s Great Taste of America’ (TV Commercial); ‘BBC Proms- The Broadway Sound’ (Royal Albert Hall, BBC1); Laura Mvula on ‘Alan Carr- Chatty Man’ (Channel 4); ‘Priscilla Corporate’ (Leicestershire); ‘ATP Tennis Tournament Opening Ceremony’ (Doha, Qatar); ‘Spring/Summer fashion week’ (Derby, Manchester Trafford Centre & Arndale); ‘Qatar Cool Awards’ (Doha, Qatar); ‘Gas & Oil Awards’ (Abu Dhabi); ‘Dick Whittington’ (Hereford Courtyard); ‘42nd Street Concert’ (London Palladium); ‘Aladdin’ (De Montfort Hall, Leicester); The Northern Tap Company’s ‘Soundz Extraordinary’ and ‘Tap A Story’ (Barnsley Civic); World Tap Champion 2010 (Riesa, Germany).
Bill 'Bojangles' Robinson Tribute ft. michael lin
Tap dance day 2017 ft. 42nd street cast members
STOMP (with Tap) | Bird College
i've got rhythm | masters performing arts
TOKYO by swindle
sand dance | f.t jamie spall & kate ivory jordan
singin' in the rain | bird college
Tailored masterclasses for Beginner / Intermediate / Advanced levels
· Hoofing · Body Percussion · Musical Theatre Repertoire · Teacher Training · Tap History Lectures · Music Theory · Dance School & Festival Choreography · Competition Judging ·