Jeffrey Bird, Jr.
Jeffrey is a native of Muncie, Indiana and works as a tap dancer, teacher, choreographer, actor, and historian! He holds a Bachelors Degree in Theatre and History from Butler University and a Masters Degree in US History from IUPUI. Jeffrey began dancing at 8 years old and trained with Gregg Russell, Ryan Lohoff, Mark Goodman, Cory Finn, and Julie Sizemore. Since graduating from high school, Jeffrey has had the opportunity to train closely with Jenefer Miller, Suzy Guarino-Hall, and Cindy Hsu, and has benefitted from classes with Sarah Reich, Ryan Johnson, Barbara Duffy, Ray Heselink, and many others. Jeffrey joined the Circle City Tap Company in 2015 and now serves as the Artistic Director and Pre-Professional Company Director. He has performed in various shows with the company and has directed several of the company's shows, including the highly praised "Dear Diary" in 2019. Jeffrey is also a member of Tap24.7 out of Phoenix, Arizona and has toured the country performing as a main character in both "TAPspeak" and "Murder at the TAP'ocho."
Faculty credits include: Circle City Tap Festival, Tapapalooza Phoenix, Tapapalooza Seattle, and Tapapalooza Detroit!
Jeffrey beleives that a fully and rich tap education must include more than just technique, but also music theory and tap history. Much of his training and passion for these two aspects of tap he credits to his mentor Jenefer Miller.
Jeffrey is also a profesionnal freelance actor and is a founding member of Character House Theatre Company. His acting credits include: Crean on Antigone, Otto Frank in We Said NEVER AGAIN, Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Sorin in The Seagull, and many more!
Solo performed as a faculty member at the Circle City Tap Festival 2017
Above: Circle City Tap Festival faculty 2017. (From left to right) Barbara Duffy, Cindy Hsu, Jeffrey Bird, Denise Caston, Kandee Thacker-Mann, Gregg Russell, Jenefer Miller, Ryan Johnson, Lorenda Carr