We are a not-for-profit society that exists to promote, develop and preserve the art of tap dancing. We aim to build an inclusive network of tap dancers of all ages and levels, as we seek to connect our nostalgic past to our bright future.
West Coast Tap was founded in March 2003 by Jennifer Bishop and Carmelle Cachero. Founding members included Shelley Stewart Hunt, Keri Minty, Melissa Frakman, Melissa Lipkowski, Monique Trottier, Tracie Henry, Amy Burns, Kerry Lackner and Jenny Stewart. The collective was formed to serve the needs of professional tap dancers, instructors, choreographers and, most of all, anyone with a passion for tap dance.
West Coast Tap has established regular tap jams, tap talks at the Vancouver Public Library, a scholarship fund and annual Tap Day celebrations to educate dancers and the public about tap dance. As a non-profit organization, West Coast Tap's purpose and mission is to provide an opportunity for tap dancers of all levels to network and participate in a collaborative environment and to promote tap dancing as an art form by educating the public through performances and instruction.
Board of Directors
Dance On It Studios Victoria
Dance Unlimited Victoria
Heart and Soul Vancouver
The Beat Dance Studio Victoria
The Happening Dance Company Vancouver
The Rhythm Room Vancouver
The Richmond Academy of Dance Richmond
Dr. Jeni LeGon
Blanche and Alan Lund
Todd Nelson Brekko