A proud Baltimorean, Tammy's love for dance started as a teenager, studying as a high school student in modern dance, jazz, and African dance.
As her love of dance grew, she attended the adult dance program for three years at Baltimore City Community College under the instruction of an accomplished dance instructor, Mr. Andrew Young.
Tammy became interested in the art of swing dance in 1997. She studied the art of hand dance from the instruction of Lawrence Bradford. In 1998, she competed locally in hand dance and west coast swing competitions, winning numerous first place awards.
Tammy is also a U.S. Open All Star Jack and Jill WCS finalist. She has accumulated an estimate of 15 titles in numerous local, regional, and national swing and hand dance competitions in Jack and Jill and Strictly Swing divisions.
She joined forces with Kevin Fitzhugh in 2001 and together they both have won multiple competition awards. In November of 2006, Tammy and Kevin became U.S. Open Swing Dance Champions, winning first place in the Sophisticated Swing Division. In addition, they were the first African-American couple to have a winning title at this event in a WCS solo division. See Kevin's bio for more of their impressive accomplishments as a team.
Tammy is a four- time recipient of the top West Coast Swing Teacher award for the Maryland/DC/Virginia area. Tammy's other top teacher awards included a top teacher award at the U.S.N.D.C. in 2005, and 2nd place top teacher award at Swing Fling in 2010.
Tammy is currently a member of the National Hand Dance Association. Tammy is a graduate of Washington, DC's Smooth and E Z Hand Dance Institute (Baltimore Chapter). Tammy's talents don't end there: She also is a skilled seamstress, handcrafting many of the costumes for her competitions, in addition to fine garments for any occasion. For more information on her dressmaking and alteration services, visit www.tamsdressmaking.com.