Tapping back to town

Tapping back to town
Catch the fit men of Tap Dogs at the MasterCard Theatres.

It's been called the "hottest show on legs", and Tap Dogs have held on to that title for almost 20 years.

The award-winning dance performance will be heading to the MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands next month for a limited eight-performance season.

Here's why you shouldn't miss this global tap-dancing extravaganza, last seen here in 1999.


Created by Dein Perry, Tap Dogs was inspired by the Australian's teenage years when he learnt how to tap dance in the garage behind his dance teacher's house in Newcastle, a steel town north of Sydney.

Tap Dogs first premiered in 1995 at the Sydney Theatre Festival and the show was an instant hit.

After sell-out seasons in Australia, it received international acclaim at the Edinburgh International Festival and London's Sadler's Wells Theatre.

Since then, the show has toured continuously throughout the world, appearing in over 330 cities on six continents, with up to four companies touring at any one time.


The show revolves around six hunky men - Foreman (Doug Mills), Enforcer (Richie Miller), 2IC (Sheldon Perry), Funky (Chaise Rossiello), Kid (Nathaniel Hancock) & Rat (James Doubtfire) - as they tap dance to the beat of their own drum.

Tap Dogs is part theatre, part rock concert and part construction site, and it combines the strength and power of workmen with the precision and talent of tap dancing.


The dudes may be doing all the fancy precision footwork, but it's up to two fetching female musicians - Noriko Terada and Lyndsay Evans - to provide the toe-tapping music live on stage using congas, tom toms, bongos, timbales and assorted percussion instruments.


Tap Dogs is an extremely fast-paced, 80-minute adrenaline rush.

There is no intermission, so you can imagine how much stamina these guys must have as they tap-dance their way through all kinds of physical challenges, be it in water, upside down or jumping through scaffolding.

Speaking of water, ponchos will be provided to audience members in the first two rows to protect them from water sprays.

This article was published on April 30 in The New Paper.

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