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Dein Perry

Creator, Director & Choreographer

Dein Perry has been at the forefront of the Australian entertainment industry for over three decades. Dein revolutionised tap dancing around the world when he created the genuine show business phenomenon TAP DOGS, a contemporary show built around the themes of Dein’s industrial experience growing up in Newcastle.

For 10 years Dein worked in musical theatre that eventually led to Dein’s big break where he was cast in a principal role in 42nd STREET. In 1991 Dein was awarded an Australia Council Development Grant and formed the Tap Brothers, a very early incarnation of TAP DOGS. From this Dein was offered the chance to co-choreograph and star in the West End musical, HOT SHOE SHUFFLE. The Tap Brothers became the stars of HOT SHOE SHUFFLE. This production earned Dein his first Olivier Award in 1995. During this period Dein was invited to produce a dynamic dance film clip for the Australian Broadcasting Commission arts programme PERFORMANCE SPACE, the clip introduced the world to Dein’s unique style of tap and was branded with the name TAP DOGS.

In 1994 Dein conceived and choreographed the full stage show TAP DOGS, which was the hit of the 1995 Sydney Festival and caused an equal sensation at the Edinburgh Festival later that year, winning the Glasgow Herald Angel Award. In 1996 Dein Perry was awarded his second Olivier Award back to back - the youngest person ever to do so. Dein Perry’s TAP DOGS has since performed in 330 cities, 37 countries and dazzled audiences in excess of 11 million.

Dein’s Performance Awards include the 1996, 1997 and 1998 Mo Award for Dance Performer of the Year and the Australian Green Room nomination for Best Supporting Role in HOT SHOE SHUFFLE. Dein received two Australian Green Room Awards for

Best Original Choreography, for HOT SHOE SHUFFLE (1995) and TAP DOGS (1996). He was also nominated for a NY Drama Desk Award for Best Choreography for TAP DOGS (1997). In 1998 Dein received an Australian Dance Award for best Choreography and in 2005 was awarded Outstanding Performance by a Male Dancer.

Dein Executive Produced, Directed and Choreographed the feature film, BOOTMEN, financed by the Australian Film Finance Corporation and Fox Searchlight and distributed by Twentieth Century Fox. BOOTMEN had its worldwide release in October 2000 and received 5 AFI awards.

1998 saw the world premiere of DEIN PERRY’S STEEL CITY, at Star City, Sydney Casino. STEEL CITY was conceived, directed, choreographed and performed by Dein, with music by Tim Finn, with a cast of thirteen and four musicians. The show toured Australia during 1998 before playing a special season

at Radio City Music Hall in New York. Dein was responsible for choreographing 1300 dancers for the tap sequence ETERNITY at the opening ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympics.

Dein was a Choreographer on the Warner Bros animated motion picture, HAPPY FEET 2, Directed by George Miller and choreographed the opening credit sequence of the Indian Cinema Feature Film DHOOM 3 starring Aamir Khan. Dein also choreographed three chapters of the Las Vegas Show, CHELSEA SOCIAL CLUB at the Cosmopolitan produced by Spiegelworld.

Back home Dein has directed live shows including DAVID CAMPBELL - WILD WITH STYLE and HUMAN NATURE’s National Motown Arena Spectacular Tour. He has worked as Creative Director on Australia’s National Rugby League (NRL) Grand Final Entertainment, the NRL Centenary Celebrations and the NRL Dally M Awards. He has also worked as Creative Director/Producer on the V8 Supercar Event, Darling Harbour Winter Concert Series for the Sydney Harbour Foreshore, the Australia Day Fireworks Spectacular and directed and choreographed opening sequences for the opening ceremony of the World Masters Games. Dein was appointed the Performance Director of the prestigious Sydney New Year’s Eve Celebrations from 2011 - 2014.

For over the past decade Dein Perry Productions has been producing game day sports presentations and annual events for both the National Rugby League (NRL) and Cricket Australia’s
Big Bash League (BBL). Dein works with the following NRL teams, South Sydney Rabbitohs, Manly Warringah Sea Eagles, Parramatta Eels and the Newcastle Knights and the following BBL teams Sydney Thunder, Hobart Hurricanes, Melbourne Renegades and Sydney Sixes. Dein has also produced presentations for SGP Speedway Grand Prix of Australia, the AFC Asian Cup and Cricket Australia’s Women’s Big Bash League.

Dein created and administers Tap Schools for children in Sydney and Newcastle to ensure that his innovative style of tap continues to be conveyed to a new generation. The new breed of young dancers are known as the TAP PUPS. There are over 200 TAP PUPS enrolled and many have performed alongside TAP DOGS at national events.

TAP DOGS are kicking off their new world tour in South Africa in August 2018.

Dein produces events through his company DEIN PERRY PRODUCTIONS and focuses on tailoring and producing corporate events to suit individual client brands and audiences. 

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Nigel Triffitt is acknowledged as a leader in the field of visual theatre in Australia and internationally with shows that have successfully toured to over 20 countries, displaying a unique renegade talent. As a designer, devisor and director of his own shows, Nigel has an impressive track record over a career spanning 30 years.

Arguably Nigel’s most successful project is Tap Dogs, which he designed and directed. Tap Dogs has become one of Australia’s greatest exports - having toured to over 250 cities worldwide.

Nigel’s talent has led him on to other art territories from grand opera to rock’n’roll; from film to huge outdoor spectacles; to puppetry and dance, all of which have combined to create his unique fusion of art forms.

His other productions have been the phenomenally successful revival of Hair and The New Rocky Horror Show, which toured Australia for eight years, and Gumboots.

Nigel directed and designed the finale of the Opening Ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympics, which screened to an international television audience of an estimated 3.5 billion viewers.

Nigel passed away in 2012 

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Andrew Wilkie


Andrew obtained a Bachelor of Music degree from Queensland Conservatorium of Music, later studying jazz at the New South Wales Conservatorium of Music. His involvement with musical theatre began in 1992 when he was Principal Percussionist for the Sydney productions of Hot Shoe Shuffle, Porgy and Bess, Me and My Girl, Nine, HMS Pinafore and I Do! I Do! His theatre credits also include West Side Story, The Phantom of the Opera, A Chorus Line, Les Misérables, 42nd Street and Into the Woods. Andrew has also worked as Principal Percussionist with the Queensland Youth Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, the Australia Ensemble Sydney, the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra and the Sydney International Orchestra. He has regularly played with The Midday Show’s Big Band, The Catholics, The Umbrellas and, for the last two years, Andrew has been Musical Director for Australian flautist Jane Rutter. He has also worked with James Morrison, Monica & the Moochers, Mike Bukovsky, the Kays Jazz Orchestra, Martin Lass and was a band member in the Posh & Judy Ballet Sextet.

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Gavin norris

lighting design

Gavin’s theatrical and TV lighting design highlights include:
Hot Shoe Shuffle (UK tour), Tap Dogs (London West End & worldwide tours), Kat and the Kings (UK and European tour,), Mum’s the Word (London West End), Gumboots (London West End & worldwide tours), 1984 (Australian and Asian Tours - Associate), Rumpelstiltskin (Australia & London West End), The Importance of Being Ernest (Australian Tour), Gods of Strangers (Australian Tour), Oliver (UK), Brigadoon (UK Tour), Hedda Gabler (UK) Half a Sixpence (UK), Jack and the Beanstalk (UK), Girls On Tap (UK Tour), Circus days, Circus Nights (Channel 4 TV) Back to Reality (Channel 4TV UK- Associate), The Games (Channel 4TV UK - Associate). His Music and Event design highlights include: The Darkness (UK arena tours), Diana Ross (Capitol Theatre, Sydney), Human Nature Arena Tour (Australian Tour), Mendelssohn’s Dream (ASO - Adelaide), Romeo and Juliet (ASO - Adelaide) Le Grand Cirque -Aerial Dreams (Sydney Opera House - Production Designer) Australia Day Celebrations 2007-2009, (Sydney, Darling Harbour), The Illusionists (Sydney Opera House). Gavin has worked extensively in the entertainment industry for the past 26 years as a Designer, Lighting Programmer, Technical and Production Manager.

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Andy Jackson

sound design

Over the past twenty years, Andy has worked in a variety of audio environments as an audio designer, engineer, and consultant, primarily working in theatre, music and the corporate market.

Andy’s West End & Broadway theatre shows have included the sound designs Tap Dogs, Inner City jam, Gumboots and Dancing on dangerous Ground.

Early music events included ‘Mercury Music Prize, (1990 – 2002), concerts with artists such as Van Morrison, Suede, Primal Scream, as well as numerous festivals including the Brighton Beach Boutique where Fat Boy Slim played in front of 250,000 people.

In 2007, Andy set up Delta Sound in Dubai, and has grown the company into the largest specialist audio company in the Middle East; artists have included Elton John, Sting, Aerosmith, Beyonce, Kings of Leon, Coldplay, Iron Maiden & Queen.

Orchestral work has played a significant role, working with the London Philharonic, London Symposium, Armenian Philharmonic & the recently formed Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra with soloist including Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Jose Carrerus, Hiba Kawaz, to name a few.

DVD recording have included, Tap Dogs, Gumboots, Pop Idol, and the Inauguration concert for the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra.

Recent events and launches have included, the Atlantis Hotel launch in Dubai , The Burj Khalifa (tallest building in the world), Dubai's Meydan Racecourse opening, all these events attracting worldwide media coverage.

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Music Production, Engineering & Additional Orchestration

Laurence Maddy has been actively involved in the music industry since the early Eighties. In live performance Laurence has toured with many contemporary Australian acts and has many national Australian and European tours to his credit.

Laurence’s dominant area of expertise is Record Production/Engineering and he has produced/engineered over 80 independent and mainstream releases including such acts as PEZ, Seth Sentry, T.I.S.M. Deborah Conway, Hunters and Collectors and many more. He has also composed and produced work in film and television and received an AFI award (best achievement in sound) for his work on Bootmen.

A career highlight was Laurence’s involvement as Music co- ordinator/Producer for the final segment of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Opening Ceremony.

He is delighted to have the opportunity to work with Dein Perry again, as their association goes back to 1998 where he was Musical Director for Dein Perry’s Steel City that toured Australia, before a season at Radio City Music Hall in New York.




James has been touring the world with Dein Perry’s Tap Dogs for the past 20 years as a performer and Assistant Director . He was also Assistant Director of The London West End production of Tap Dogs, staring Adam Garcia. In 2000 James worked on the opening ceremony of The Sydney 2000 Olympics and also with his Tap Dogs colleagues had the honour of being part of the famous BBC1 identities.

James has performed in many television shows including Big Brother, The Royal Variety Performance, The Clothes Show, Barrymore, The Generation Game, The National Lottery, This Morning, Blue Peter and GMTV. Advertisements include Amina mobile phones, T- Mobile, Lego, Le Crunch Bunch, Boots The Chemist and Colgate Toothpaste. Modelling assignments include Dolce and Gabbana, Paul Smith and various magazines.  

James started dancing at the age of four and at the age of twelve he created the role of Laughing Boy in the original musical, Bugsy Malone at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London. James then continued his career in the musicals / shows, 42nd Street (original Uk tour), Me and My Girl (original Uk tour), An Evening with Sondheim(Manchester), both English and Australian tours of Hot Shoe Shuffle (playing the role of Tip), The Anton and Erin show (jersey) and also choreographed two Professional Pantomimes in Harrogate, Directed by Phil Lowe.

Since 2009 James has become Artistic Director and Choreographer for Tap Attack (England tap team). During this time James has Choreographed 14 IDO World Tap titles. James is also Choreographer & Director of  Extreme Tap. This is an all male tap company who have performed in corporates at 02 Arena London, Qatar (Tennis Open), Italia (Fashion Show), Dubai (TV Shows), McDonalds (Awards Ceremony), Mercedes Benz (Awards Ceremony), Sadlers Wells Theatre London and they also performed as guests at the Royal Albert Hall Dance Proms. Extreme Tap have also performed in Boston USA.  

In 2016 James was honoured to become the original Tap Choreographer for Disney’s new show Mickey & The Magician in Disneyland Paris.

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