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Dein Perry is a highly awarded Australian Director and Choreographer...

Dein won the Olivier Award two years in succession for Best Choreography, in 1995 for Hot Shoe Shuffle and in 1996 for Tap Dogs. In 1991 Dein was awarded an Australia Council Development Grant. The result of this work was shown on ABC and became the inspiration for the Tap Brothers.

In 1994 Dein conceived and choreographed Tap Dogs, which was the hit of the 1995 Sydney Festival and has since toured four continents and 250 cities world wide.

Tap Dogs has received over 11 international awards, including a 1997 NY Obie Award, the Pegasus Award from the Spoleto festival, the Australian Variety Award for Entertainer of the Year, and the Mo Award for Show business Ambassador of 1998. Dein’s 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 in 1995 and Tap Dogs in 1996.  He was also nominated for a NY Drama Desk Award for Best Choreography for Tap Dogs on 1997. In 1998 Dein received an Australian Dance Award for best Choreography and in 2005 was awarded Outstanding Performance by a Male Dancer.

Ian Sandercoe's songs from the Earthday Album were used as pre-show music for the original Tap Dogs, members on those recordings included: Ian Sandercoe:vocals, Paul Elliot: guitar, Craig Lancaster: drums, Tony Heaney: keyboards, Robert Matthews: bass, Justin 'Ngariki' Bolth, and David Carter. The music made its way to London, and was used as pre-show music for Dein Perry's Tap Dogs

January 1998 saw the world premiere of Dein's Steel City, at Star City, Sydney Casino.  Steel City was directed, choreographed and performed by Dein. The show toured Australia during 1998 before playing a special season at Radio City Music Hall in New York.

Dein directed and choreographed the feature film, Bootmen, financed by the Australian Film Finance Corporation and Fox Searchlight and distributed by Twentieth Century Fox. Bootmen was released in October 2000 and received 5 AFI awards.

Ian Sandercoe appeared in Dein Perry's Australian feature film Bootmen along with David Carter, Paul Elliot and Craig Lancaster as themselves in Ian Sandercoe's Pub Band. Two songs from Ian Sandercoe Earthday album appear in Bootmen; Freebound and Preacher.

Dein choreographed the final segment of the celebrated Sydney 2000 Olympics Opening Ceremony, which was screened worldwide.

In August 2003 Dein reworked the Tap Dogs concept adding 2 female dancers opening Tap Dogs Re-Booted at Sadler’s Wells in London followed by a successful tour through the United States of America.  In 2005 Tap Dogs celebrated their 10th anniversary with Dein Perry returning to the show resulting in a sell out national tour of Australia and an Australian Dance Award for most Outstanding Performance by a Male Dancer. The show continues to tour worldwide.

Most recently Dein directed David Campell - Wild With Style. Produced by Newtheatricals Wild With Style showed at the Drama Theatre of the Sydney Opera House.

2007 Dein directed Australian musical act Human Nature on their major Australian Tour.

Dein directed David Campbell – Wild With Style. Produced by Newtheatricals. Wild With Style showing at the Drama Theatre of the Sydney Opera House.

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Tap Dogs

A performance by the Tap Dogs. Founded by Dein Perry.