James Demeny

Tap Instructor

James Demeny

James Demeny is a tap dancer, jazz musician, theatre artist, and teacher based in Chicagoland. He's been a musician for the past 14 years, and he has a diverse history in the performing arts. As a tap dancer, James is largely self-taught, and he has studied with tap dancers like Nico Rubio, Jabowen Dixon, and Hillary Marie. He can also be seen and heard performing with his group, the James Demeny Jazz Combo, and on recording as well. James is working to bring tap dance back into the world of jazz, and into the world of music. Tap dance and jazz have a long history together, and James focuses on helping students create their own voice within the art form through improvisation and musicality.

James received his B.A. in Musical Theatre from Elmhurst University in May 2020, where he studied singing, acting, theatre, and dance. He played leading roles in Elmhurst’s productions of Cabaret and The Pajama Game, the role of Alan in Equus at the Albright Community Theatre in Batavia, and he has a deep love for the theatre. James has studied with voice teachers like Scott Uddenburg and Susan Dennis at Elmhurst, with an affinity for musical theatre styles. He has performed with vocal jazz groups and classical choirs, played trumpet in wind ensembles, and performed as a soloist and choreographer with the Elmhurst University Dance Company and Department of Dance. His diversity in the arts has taken him to competitions, festivals, a performance on live TV, and inspired a lifelong passion for performing.

The world of tap dance is so much deeper than the familiar spectacle of musical theatre, and James treasures the opportunity to spark enjoyment and love for the music of tap dance. James has had a passion for music and the arts for many years, and he’s so excited to share that passion with you!