Claire Miller is a tap dance performer, choreographer and educator based in London. As one of the most promising dancers to emerge from the UK tap scene in recent years, Claire is most proud of her work for the internationally acclaimed Tapestry Dance Company based in Austin TX, for which she performed in multiple productions under the direction of Acia Gray, including “Just Tap” and “Of Mice and Music: A Jazz Nutcracker”.
Claire regularly performs improvised work with live Jazz music and has made notable appearances in London at Ronnie Scott’s, The South Bank Centre and Zigfrid Von Underbelly with the Michelle Drees Trio; in New York at Dizzy’s Coca Cola Club; in Austin TX at The Highball with the Copa Kings; and in Barcelona at Sala Vivaldi. In addition Tapestry, Claire’s ensemble credits include compositions by Nicholas Young at Stockholm’s Scala Theatre and by Roxanne Butterfly at Barcelona’s Juste Debout festival.
Claire began her multi-form dance education aged 4, studying ballet, jazz and tap at the Jeanine Greville Dance Academy. She went on to build a successful career as a competitive figure skater, winning the British Novice Ice Dance Championships in 2006, age 14, and placing in the top 10 for Junior Ladies solo free skating later the same year. When her aspirations were cut short due to injury, Claire turned her attention to academia and graduated from University College London with a First Class Honours Degree in History and the Dean’s List Award for outstanding academic achievement. During this time she developed an interest in philosophy and journeyed across Asia to explore non-western perspectives.
When she returned to the UK, she began to search for an artistic means for self-expression and discovered a talent for tap. This unconventional entry into the professional tap scene was and continues to be her greatest strength. With a proven ability to develop as an artist at an unusually quick rate, particularly in terms of technical proficiency, emotional connection and musical awareness, her journey to professional performance was supported by numerous fellow performers and musicians and opportunities such as a scholarship to study at Stockholm International Tap Festival.
Claire has been influenced by many different teachers and mentors such as Acia Gray, Roxane Butterfly, Heather Cornell, Nicholas Young, Jason Samuels Smith and Michelle Dorrance to name only a few and her favourite historical inspirations are Jimmy Slyde, Baby Laurence, Gregory Hines and Steve Condos.