Jeffrey Bird, Jr. is a Boston based tap dancer, actor, and historian originally from Indianapolis, Indiana. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre and History from Butler University and a Masters Degree in US History from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. 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 benefited from classes with Sarah Reich, Ryan Johnson, Barbara Duffy, Ray Heselink, Sam Weber, and many others. Jeffrey joined the Circle City Tap Company in 2015 and served as the Artistic Director and Pre-Professional Company Director from 2018 through 2022. He performed in various shows with the company and 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 “TAPspeak,” “Murder at the TAP’ocho,” and “Tap Side Story.” In fall of 2022, Jeffrey co-founded Fourth Dimension Tap Company in Boston with Isla Niezgoda and serves as the Executive Artistic Director. Faculty credits include: Circle City Tap Festival, Tapapalooza Phoenix, Tapapalooza Seattle, and Tapapalooza Detroit! Jeffrey believes that a full 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. He is incredibly excited to share his love of tap with the dancers at Mass Motion!