Jan Feager Cosby
Jan has taught tap at Webster University since 1990. Formerly on faculty at Washington University in St. Louis and the Ballet Conservatory of St. Louis, she also teaches at DaySpring School of the Arts. In 1988 she founded and was artistic director for Tapsichore, a contemporary rhythm tap company that toured regionally and collaborated with dancers Acia Gray, Suzanne Grace, musicians Kim Portnoy, Ken Palmer, Paul deMarinis and composer Bob Chamberlin among others. She was one of eleven tap artists chosen from an international pool to work with the late tap master Charles “Honi” Coles at the Colorado Dance Festival's first Tap Creative Residency.
Since then she has performed and taught tap improvisation and technique for the Chicago Human Rhythm Project, the St. Louis Tap Festival, St. Louis Dance Festival, the Missouri Arts Council's Missouri Touring Program and the Arts and Education Council of Greater St. Louis. Jan served as a Regional Representative for the International Tap Association for several seasons and sat on the Steering Committee for that organization during its early years.
Prior to founding Tapsichore, Jan toured nationally as performer and teacher with the award-winning Metro Theater Company. Her work with MTC included performances at the Kennedy Center, the Detroit Institute of the Arts and at Powell Hall with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra. Also an early musician and recorderist, Jan was a guest member of the Ganzfeld Quartet and a long-time member of the St. Louis Early Music Band. She currently teaches recorder at Lighthouse Co-op where she has also taught Music Appreciation and Creative Movement. Her poem Nobody Knew You was published in 2009 by Paraclete Press.