Tap & Tapas 2023
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at SECOND - 849 6th Ave.
Fitness Professional, Educator, & Motivator
Jess began her professional career as a school teacher who opened new schools in underserved neighborhoods in Boston and NYC. She was a teacher, Operations Director, Assistant Principal, and ultimately Principal at Harlem Village Academies, just around the corner from Groove With Me. Jess' self-discovery through educating diverse students has fueled her passion for connecting to communities that oftentimes are overlooked and under-resourced. In 2016, Jess left her Master's degree and career in education to follow her passion for fitness. She uplifts people with quotes such as, "You are allowed to be a work in progress and a masterpiece at the same time" and "How you do anything is how you do everything."
BILL MCDANIEL - Motel Morris
"My first time doing Tapas was as a favor for a friend. I watched during the course of the night how proud and excited the kids were to perform. Hearing their stories of how Groove With Me had impacted their lives, I knew by the end of the evening I would continue to do the event as long as they would have me! It's great to see their love of dancing and expression and I love to help in the small way I can."