Trish Melton

Trish Melton

PGR at C-DaRE, Coventry University

Trish is a tap dance educator, researcher and choreographer. She runs a community-based dance school and a tap dance performance group: The Kerry Tap Ensemble. Trish also runs a global project management consultancy. A professional background in teaching and training in project management is entirely transferable to all aspects of her professional life.

Her key research area is tap dance pedagogy. She completed an MA (Distinction) in dance education with the RAD/Bath University. Her research explored the narratives of tap dance teaching: the oral history passed down through the Tap Masters and reviewed what this means for teaching today through practical action research.

Her current research interests continue to be tap dance pedagogy with one area of focus being the use of tap dance repertory in teaching and how the historical and cultural perspectives can enhance the learning experience. She started a PhD in Tap Dance Pedagogy in September 2020.

Tap Dance Knowledges – Jess Murray and panel + Q&A


A panel exploring¬†the concepts of legacy, tradition, innovation and authenticity¬†within today’s global tap scene.¬† The Tap Dance Research Network UK (TDRN UK) brings together tap practitioners and academics to explore creative processes, performances and knowledges of tap dance. TDRN UK seeks to expand the existing body of literature and documentation of the art form and […]