Jimmy Tate began his tap career in the Broadway musical, “The Tap Dance Kid”, where he ultimately played the title role. Shortly after the run, Jimmy studied and performed with Tony award-winning choreographer Henry LeTang. After graduating Sarah Lawrence College, Jimmy danced in Jelly’s Last Jam with Gregory Hines, Ben Vereen, and Savion Glover. After a Broadway run, and 1st national tour run of Jelly’s, Jimmy found himself as an original member of the multi-Tony award winning tap show, “Bring in ‘da Noise Bring in ‘da Funk”, where he again danced with Glover, and eventually did Savion’s leading role in the first national tour. Jimmy has danced on the Grammy awards, Drama desk awards, Kennedy Center Honors, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, The Rosie O’donnell Show, Late Night with David Letterman, Twice on the Tony Awards, and three times on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Jimmy won a best choreography award for his work in his NYC Fringe Festival show - “Thunder”, and an Ovation award for his work on the “Bring in ‘da Noise” tour.
Jimmy Has been teaching tap for 23 years, with years of classes at Steps, and Broadway Dance Center. He has taught and judged for Canadian Dance masters, Showstopper Dance Competition, Stepp With Me Dance Competition, and for New York City Dance Alliance. In addition to teaching master classes and doing competition choreography all over the country, Jimmy has taught for Tap City in NY, Lisa Hopkins’ “Tap Kids”, and the Columbus Tap Festival. Recently, Jimmy did a show in Switzerland; “The gangs of New York” with Derick Grant, danced at the 2014 super bowl pre-game show at the Izod Center, and danced in tribute to Tony award-winning choreographer Danny Daniels with Dule Hill, and Jason Samuels Smith at the New York City Center.