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Dein Perry

Dein Perry began tap dancing at the age of four and thirty years later has changed the face of tap in Australia and across the world.

The Dein Perry story began in Newcastle, Australia's industrial heartland. At age 17 Perry earned his union papers as an industrial machinist before leaving Newcastle to seek a career as a dancer in Sydney. Perry worked for seven years in numerous stage shows before landing his big break - a lead role in 42nd Street.

Despite being a brilliant traditional tapper, Perry always knew he wanted to extend the boundaries of tap. In 1991 he had received an Australia Council Grant to set up a tap workshop. This workshop became the inspiration for Tap Brothers - the stars of Hot Shoe Shuffle, the hit show co-choreographed by Perry, for which, as the youngest recipient ever, he received the prestigious Olivier Award for Best Choreography in 1995, following it with a second Olivier Award in 1996 for Tap Dogs.

In 1994 he also conceived and choreographed a short piece for the Performance Space on ABC Television. Finally he had the chance to unveil his own unique style of dance. This rough, boots-and-all tap, performed in a railway yard, won the City of Strasbourg Prize in the Short Programme Category of the 1994 Video Dance Competition and signalled the inception of Tap Dogs.

Dein conceived and choreographed Tap Dogs, which had its World Premiere at the 1995 Sydney Festival, becoming the hit of the season and creating a sensation at the Edinburgh Festival. Since then, the Dogs have toured the USA, UK (including London's West End), Europe, Japan, India, Korea, Canada and New Zealand. Perry also took the show to New York, playing off-Broadway. Four years on, the Tap Dogs phenomenon continues. There is currently a Dogs company touring in the United States and a second company continuing a tour of the UK and Europe.


Note: This profile was written in or before 2002.

Dein Perry Facts

OccupationActor, Director

Selected Filmography

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