Speakers Profile - Tap Dogs

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Tap Dogs are currently taking the world by storm with their unprecedented tap show that combines the strength and power of workmen with the precision and talent of tap dancing.

The show started with six guys from a steel town north of Sydney, Australia. Olivier Award winning choreographer Dein Perry headed the team with designer/director Nigel Triffitt, and composer Andrew Wilkie and created TAP DOGS, a 75-minute reinvention of tap.

TAP DOGS was the instant hit of the Sydney Festival where it had its world premiere in January 1995 - it caused an equal sensation at the Edinburgh Festival later that year.

TAP DOGS went on to play to packed houses at Sadler's Wells in London; return tours of Australia; a West End engagement, for which Dein won a second consecutive Olivier Award in 1996 for his choreography of TAP DOGS; and an off-Broadway, New York season in 1997.

The Australian dance sensation returned home in 2000 to take part in the opening ceremony of the Sydney Olympic Games. 1000 Tap Dogs from companies around the world performed to an audience of 3.4 billion viewers as the event was televised around the world.

The TAP DOGS story has gone on to be immortalized in the movie BOOTMEN, directed by Dein Perry and inspired by his Tap Dogs experiences.