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22 November 2022

It was an absolute joy to see so many attendees, at Preston College, for Tap Fest this year. Students and teachers enjoyed the workshops taken by our three industry experts; Graeme Henderson, Jessica-Jo Marshall, and Liam Swattridge, in the morning, and many also stayed on to participate in the 2022 Tap Bursary Competition in the afternoon.

Everyone in attendance demonstrated such talent and passion throughout the day and our adjudicators for the Tap Bursary competition, Luis De Abreu, Jackie Hutt, and Graeme Henderson were extremely impressed with the performances and dedication showed by the competitors. 

Tap Fest 2022


A huge congratulations again to all competitors, choreographers, and teachers who took part this year, and a big thank you from the Tap Faculty for your continued support.

Workshop winners

Harleigh Mae Bishop – Langley Dance Academy, teachers Sarah Cairns and Donna Langley
Lillia Lawton - The Company Performing Arts, teacher Aaron Lissimore

Workshop winners were awarded a place at the Bird College 2023 Summer School, sponsored by Bird College and presented by their Artistic Director, Luis De Abreu

2022 Tap Bursary results

Junior Bursary Section

Special Commendations

Martha Gill - Sophie Dee School of Dance, teacher Sophie Dee.
Mia-Star Edwards - The Company Performing Arts, teacher Aaron Lissimore.
Raige Bedford - Kahli Lewis Dance Company, teacher Kahli Lewis.

Runner Up

Scarlett Dunleavy - Corraine Collins Dance Studios, teacher Andrea Ashton


Samuel Phillippo-Clapp - The Company Performing Arts, teacher Aaron Lissimore


Senior Bursary Section

Special Commendations:

Emily Lyon - The Stage Factory, teacher Helen Pender
Lilia Waymont - The Company Performing Arts, teacher Aaron Lissimore

Runner Up

Sofia Wilkinson-Hill - Elizabeth Hill School of Dance, teacher Elizabeth Hill


Isabelle Lees - Avril Earl Dance and Theatre Arts, teacher Avril Earl
Special Commendation winners received a Dance Direct voucher for £10
Runners-up received a Dance Direct voucher for £25
Winners received a Dance Direct voucher for £50
Teachers of the winning Junior and Senior competitors received IDS credit of £50



The Tap Faculty would like to extend our congratulations to all the participants and thank teachers for their continued support. Many thanks also go to Bird College for sponsoring our Workshop awards and to Dance Direct and IDS for continuing to sponsor our Tap Bursary prizes.

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