Janne Eraker is a tap dancer with a background in modern and contemporary dance. She works as a musician and dance artist in projects in Norway and abroad. Next to her performing work she also hosts the concert series the Salon (No: Salongen) and the improvisation training the Tappery (No: Stepperiet). Everything she does has to do with tap dance and the traditional expression, new possibilities and artistic potential of tap dance. Eraker’s drive and passion starts from a strong wish to really be in the music, and to actually express the rhythm with her whole body.
As a tap dancer she is also deeply invested in its African American roots, and she sees it as a natural obligation to inform people about the rich history of tap.
In her work Eraker’s focus is one of its core elements: improvisation. She uses her dancing body as an instrument to improvise with rhythms and the subtle tonalities of the tap. It’s a musical and a bodily expression at the same time. Where the emphasis lies depends on the moment, the context and the project. She loves to explore and challenge what tap dance can express, especially when working with collaborators from other areas. Fruitful, inspiring and mind blowing things happen when she meets musicians from all genres, contemporary dancers, visual artists, dramaturges, slam poets and directors.
Eraker received a 3 year Artist grant from The Norwegian Arts Council (2015-2017), and is the first tap dancer to be included as a musician in the Norwegian Jazz Forum and to be employed by the Alliance for Actors and Dancers.
Photo: Tale Hendnes