Tough guys can dance!
Combining theatre, dance and rock ’n’ roll, Australian dance group Tap Dogs provide an adrenaline-charged show with raw power and a spectacular set, says Shiva Kumar Thekkepat
Tap Dogs take to the stage in Dubai.
Fireworks explode and sparks fly on stage as workmen weld the metal poles holding up the dance floor, before breaking into dance. The first few rows in the Madinat Jumeirah Theatre then get soaked as the workmen do some ‘dancin’ in the rain’… The audience gasp as they see a dancer suspended upside down five metres above the ground, dancing on a wooden platform that hangs above his feet.
The adrenalin-pumped cast injects raw power and passion to present a viscerally spectacular dance, as they jump through scaffolding to the beat of their own drums.
In the rain or even upside down, Tap Dogs, a dance group from Australia, bring the stage to life with their awe-inspiring performance – it’s no wonder they’ve been a mustsee act for almost two decades now.
While the name Tap Dogs might bring to mind pets that do tricks, it is actually a group of dancers formed in 1995 by Aussie Dein Perry and is now on a world tour, with a 11-day stopover in Dubai. Dein, who’s won the prestigious Olivier Award for theatre choreography, and more recently taught Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan
If you are thinking Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly, perish the thought… Tap Dogs is industrial dancing
to tap dance for the blockbuster Hindi film Dhoom 3, has been tap dancing since the age of four.
After he left school he couldn’t find work as a dancer, so he turned to the construction business, working as a machinist for some time. That proved to be the inspiration for Tap Dogs, the dance routine Dein fashioned around a construction site, which he choreographed and performed when it was launched.
If you are thinking Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly, perish the thought. Tap would generally suggest a light touch, but Tap Dogs is industrial tap dancing with six guys in scruffy clothes and big boots clunking around a construction site.
They dance up ramps and ropes that they build as they go along and when they start tapping, it’s not so much to dance as to make lots of noise, show off, have a
The Tap Dogs concept is based on its founder’s previous job as a machinist