Dein Perry - Creator, Director & Choreographer
Dein Perry has been working in the 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 time Dein was invited to produce a dynamic film clip for the ABC arts programme PERFORMANCE SPACE, the clip is known as 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. 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. 2011 has the show celebrating its sixteenth year of touring.
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 Showbusiness Ambassador of 1998.
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.
January 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, 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 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.
Dein choreographed the huge tap sequence ETERNITY, consisting of 1300 dancers at the celebrated SYDNEY 2000 OLYMPICS OPENING CEREMONY, which was screened worldwide.
TAP DOGS enjoyed uninterrupted touring across the globe with troupes simultaneously performing in the United States and across Europe. In 2005 TAP DOGS celebrated their 10th anniversary with Dein Perry returning to the stage delivering a sell out national tour of Australia and an Australian Dance Award for most Outstanding Performance by a Male Dancer. Dein Perry’s TAP DOGS remains Australia’s greatest stage export.
In 2006 Dein directed DAVID CAMPBELL - WILD WITH STYLE, produced by New Theatricals. WILD WITH STYLE enjoyed a sell out season at the Sydney Opera House. In the same year, Dein produced the Darling Harbour WINTER CONCERT Series for the Sydney Harbour Foreshore.
The commencement of 2007 saw Dein Perry appointed as the Game Day and Producer for the SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS Leagues Club. Dein introduced and created the RABBITOHS DRUM SQUAD. To date Dein has produced over 60 games for the club.
Dein Perry was invited to join forces with HUMAN NATURE as the group’s Director for their 2007 National Motown Arena Spectacular Tour. In the same year, Dein was a Creative Producer for the AUSTRALIA DAY Darling Harbour Spectacular.
In conjunction with Cambridge Events, Dein was Creative Director for the 2008 NRL GRAND FINAL entertainment and the 2010 NRL DALLY M AWARDS. Also in 2008, Dein Produced, Directed and Choreographed the entertainment at the opening match of the NATIONAL RUGBY LEAGUE CENTENARY at ANZ Stadium with 1000 performers.
In 2009 Dein was a Creative Director for the Darling Harbour AUSTRALIA DAY FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR and worked on the 2018 WORLD CUP SOCCER BID CAMPAIGN. Dein directed and choreographed dance routines involving hundreds of dancers for the 2009 WORLD MASTERS GAMES OPENING and was Choreographer and Creator of the pre grid entertainment for the V8 SUPERCAR Event. In addition, Dein was Director on the new and exciting dance show, THE NEXT STEP which involved a fusion of different dance styles.
To ensure the unique TAP DOGS style continues, Dein Perry established a new breed of young dancers known as the TAP PUPS. Dein administers Tap Schools for children in Sydney and Newcastle. There are over 200 Tap Pups enrolled and many have performed alongside TAP DOGS at national events
2010 and 2011 had Dein Perry working fulltime as Choreographer on the Warner Bros animated motion picture, HAPPY FEET 2, Directed by George Miller.
2011/2012 Dein was appointed Game Day Producer for the BBL T20 Sydney Thunder Cricket Team under the banner for Cricket Australia. During this period Dein was also creative director for a number of FORD Car launches in Australia and Beijing.
Dein was appointed the Performance Director of the prestigious New Year’s Eve Lord Mayor’s Party at the Sydney Opera House Forecourt in 2011 and continues to hold this position in 2013.
The commencement of 2013 has Dein overseeing two TAP DOGS Companies now in their 18th year of uninterrupted touring, he’s also celebrating his seventh year as Game Day Producer for the Mighty Rabbitohs, continues to share the art of TAP to his ever expanding Tap Pups school as well as creating and recreating new choreography for the award winning Musical HOT SHOE SHUFFLE.