We exist 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

Co-Presidents: Gordon Roberts and Jenny Lee

Secretary: Chantel Genio

Treasurer: Gillian Myers


Jackie Pearl

Marnelle Roberts

June Matthews

Brenda Cowie

Johainah Condillac

Alexandra Clancy

Jennifer Bishop

Lifetime Members

Jim Hibbard

Dr. Jeni LeGon

William Orlowski

Leonard Gibson

Heather Cornell

Grace Macdonald

Jeff Hyslop

Blanche and Alan Lund

Ethel Bruneau

Peggy Peat

Honourary Members

Marie Jang

Studio Members

Dance West Surrey

Richmond Academy of Dance Richmond

The Rhythm Room Vancouver

Dance Co Vancouver