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Published on: Monday December 6, 2021

Tappin’ In is a co-created mass participation tap dancing and storytelling experience, celebrating the stories of the West Midlands and the people who call it home.

Tappin’ In will create joy and bring people together to get the region Tap dancing, sharing their experiences, all whilst having a good time.

Happening across the West Midlands during spring-summer 2022, the project will culminate in a large-scale outdoor event at Birmingham International Dance Festival (BIDF) in June 2022.

DanceXchange, producers of BIDF, and Tappin’ In are excited to announce two amazing new opportunities for artists or companies.


Dance Captains

We are looking for 5 Dance Captains who:-

  • Have tap dance as part of their practice – ideally with a knowledge of the history of tap dance and wider influences; Irish, Clog, African and American styles
  • Can confidently facilitate others involvement and teach regular dance sessions to a variety of ages (16yrs+), abilities and experiences

Full details of the opportunity, fees and application process are here. Deadline for applications is Monday 3 January at 12 noon

Artists/Companies Commissions

We are also offering Seed Commissions to two early-career artists to develop tap into their professional practice and to participate and compliment the Tappin’ In project.  This is an amazing opportunity to present your work outdoors at BIDF 2022 and be part of the amazing Tappin’ In event.

Full details of the seed commission opportunity and bursary are hereDeadline for Expressions of Interest is Monday 3 January at 12 noon.


If you have any questions or would like to discuss this project, please get in touch with:
Alexandra Henwood, dx Head of Participation (
Chloe Travers, dx Participation Producer (Chloe.Travers@dx.dancefor the Dance Captains opportunity
Stephanie Ridings ( for the Artist/Company commissions