Dein Perry

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Dein Perry (b. Newcastle, Australia) is an award-winning Australian actor, dancer and choreographer best known for his work with Tap Dogs and the Sydney 2000 Olympics.

Early life and career[edit]

Perry grew up in Newcastle. He received dance lessons from the age of four. He left school at the age of sixteen to work as a steel fitter and turner, before moving to Sydney a year later to pursue dance[1] After achieving success as a tap dancer, he moved into choreography [2] and directing.His shows often feature the 'steel cities' of Newcastle and his Australian youth.

Sydney 2000 Olympics Opening Ceremony[edit]

Perry choreographed a tap dance segment of the Sydney 2000 Olympics Opening Ceremony. The dance troupe was led by Bootmen and Tap Dogs dancer Adam Garcia.[3]




Perry won the Laurence Olivier Award for two consecutive years (in 1995 and 1996). At the time he was the youngest person to do so.[4]

Year Recipient Award Result
1995 Best Choreographer (with David Atkins for Hot Shoe Shuffle) Laurence Olivier Theatre Award[5] Won
Best Supporting Role (Hot Shoe Shuffle) Australian Green Room Awards Nominated
Best Original Choreography (Hot Shoe Shuffle) Australian Green Room Awards Won
1996 Best Choreographer (Tap Dogs) Laurence Olivier Theatre Award[6] Won
Dance Performer of the Year[7] Mo Awards Won
Best Original Choreography (Tap Dogs) Australian Green Room Awards Won
1997 Outstanding Choreography Drama Desk Awards Nominated
Dance Performer of the Year[8] Mo Awards Won
1998 Best Choreography Australian Dance Awards Won
Dance Performer of the Year[9] Mo Awards Won
2005 Outstanding Performance by a Male Dancer Australian Dance Awards Won


  1. ^ "Celebrity Pets". ABC. Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "Dein Perry". Filmbug. 3 July 2002. Retrieved 2008-09-04. 
  3. ^ "'Bootmen' Kick-Start Opening Ceremony of 2000 Sydney Olympics". Fox Searchlight Pictures. 10 August 2000. Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "Tap Dogs: Creative Team". Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "Olivier Winners 1995". Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "Olivier Winners 1996". Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  7. ^ "Mo Awards: 1996 winners". Mo Awards. Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  8. ^ "Mo Awards: 1997 winners". Mo Awards. Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  9. ^ "Mo Awards: 1998 winners". Mo Awards. Retrieved 4 April 2013. 

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