About the Director
photos: Jaye R. Phillips
A veteran of the New York City tap scene of the 1980’s and early 90’s, Jamie performed with the Peggy Spina Tap Company for nearly ten years before moving to the Boston area and switching her focus to teaching. While dancing in New York she studied with many of the first generation tap masters and received the personal guidance of the great James “Buster” Brown, whom she considers her most important influence as both a dancer and teacher.
Prompted by her love of jazz music and reverence for the traditions in tap dance, Jamie created “Accent On Rhythm” through which she offers improvisation, music and repertoire workshops, tap jams, and her jazz & tap lecture/film series. Since coming to Boston, Jamie has collaborated on projects with dancers, musicians, filmmakers and journalists, notably modern dance choreographer Beth Soll, and jazz composer/pianist Mark Kross. In addition to directing Accent On Rhythm, Jamie teaches weekly technique classes in her Lexington studio.