A polymath (Greek: πολυμαθής, polymathēs, “having learned much”), is a person whose expertise spans a significant number of different subject areas; such a person is known to draw on complex bodies of knowledge to solve specific problems.
Annette Walker MA BSc (Hons) DipHE is one of the leading exponents of a generation of tap dancers taking the stage with grace, style, and above all, rhythm. She is a dynamic and multi-skilled performer and has appeared in a variety of shows, from theatre, circus and dance, to the concert stage, television and film. Annette is an alumni Trailblazer Fellow of Dance of the African Diaspora (One Dance UK), a freelance writer, researcher and consultant, and was the specialist in tap dance for the Royal Academy of Dance’s pilot project of Dance for Lifelong Wellbeing. She teaches both music and dance and regularly leads the Renegade Stage, an improvisation workshop for tap dancers, at the London Tap Jam.
Annette’s research area of interest is the past and present relationship between jazz dance and music, improvisation, and the development of tap dance in the UK in relation to its historic American roots. She is one of the co-directors and steering committee members of the Tap Dance Research Network UK (TDRN UK) that formed in 2019 and is currently a PhD in Performing Arts scholarship student.
• In 2019 Annette featured as a tap soloist in the BBC Proms Duke Ellington’s Sacred Music concert at the world famous Royal Albert Hall in London, UK.
• As an aerial acrobat she was one of the Mary Poppins in the London 2012 Opening Ceremony.
• Annette regularly collaborates with other artists and is currently working with artistic director and award-winning jazz bassist, Gary Crosby OBE, of Tomorrow’s Warriors.