JESSIE SAWYERS, visual musician
Visual Musician? Jessie is a tap dancer at heart whose creative expression flows across multiple mediums – dance, music, art – all of which are unified by her observations of life’s rhythm and patterns.
Jessie Sawyers’ involvement in the entertainment industry spans over a decade. She began tap dancing at the age of eleven under the direction of Cheryl Johnson and Anthony Peters at the Johnson & Peters Tap Dance Studio in Seattle. She has had the honor of studying with tap masters Ernest “Brownie” Brown, Harold “Stumpy” Cromer, Arthur Duncan, Jeni LeGon, and the late tap greats Cholly Atkins, Gregory Hines, Fayard Nicholas, LaVaughn Robinson, Jimmy Slyde, and Prince Spencer. Jessie has worked with Savion Glover and performed his choreography in DANCE This at the Paramount Theatre, a stage upon which she was also invited to dance with the late Gregory Hines. Internationally, Jessie has been a featured soloist at the Vancouver International Tap Dance Festival, where she has also shared the stage with the illustrious Dianne “Lady Di” Walker and has been assisting Ms. Walker’s master classes for the last three years.
Commercial Credits include a promotional video for Intel and commercials and appearances for Ivar’s as their tap dancing clam mascot. In 2006, Jessie founded SoleSound Tap Dance Company, through which her choreography has been well received at the Century Ballroom’s Masters of Lindy Hop and Tap, the Vancouver International Tap Dance Festival, and Microsoft Corporation. Jessie received her education in business at the University of Washington-Bothell Business School with a concentration in technology and innovation management. Jessie is currently the Director of Operations for the Seattle-based entertainment company, Upbeat Events, that creates performances for corporate events, shows, and galas; presents educational assemblies throughout the Seattle and surrounding area school districts; and offers in-studio dance conventions to dance studios around the country.
Most Recently, Jessie produced and performed in her first full-length show featuring live music by The Teaching, tap dancers Travis Knights and Mark Mendonca, contemporary dance from VAM performance, a group piece with 22 tap dancers from around Seattle, and a silent auction of her own hand painted ceramic artwork with proceeds benefitting the Starlight Children’s Foundation. The show was called “FLOW: An Evening of Music, Dance, and Visual Art,” and it played at the Triple Door, Seattle’s premiere live music venue, to a sold out house of 300.