Tap Dogs is a dance group that began in a steel town north of Sydney, created by choreographer and former industrial worker Dein Perry.

Tap Dogs was first presented at the Sydney Theatre Festival in 1995 and came to the UK during that year’s Edinburgh Festival. The show subsequently played at London’s Sadler’s Wells, earning Perry a 1996 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Theatre Choreographer. It returned to the venue in 2001.

Tap Dogs stars Australian actor Adam Garcia, who made his London debut in the tap-dancing musical Hot Shoe Shuffle, which was co-choreographed by Perry at the Queen’s theatre in 1994. Since then his London stage credits have included Grease, Saturday Night Fever – for which he received a 1999 Laurence Olivier Award nomination – and Wicked. Recently he has been seen as a judge on Sky One’s Got To Dance.

For more about Tap Dogs at the Novello theatre, read the First Night Feature.

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