2014 CAST

FOREMAN

Doug Mills

Training: Douglas started dancing at 3 and at 16 chose to pursue dance as a career, embarking on a three-year course at Performers College, Essex. He represented the college in the ISTD Gold Star Tap Awards, winning the Victor Leopold Cup two years running. Whilst at college, Douglas began his professional career performing in two summer seasons, two pantomimes and on live television, including a solo on The Big Big Talent Show in which he devised his own choreography, and The 1995 Royal Command Performance.

Dance includes: at 19, after completing college, joining the original West End cast of Tap Dogs, as the first ever British member of the troupe. Subsequently he toured with Tap Dogs all over the world, including North America, Europe, Asia, Japan and the UK, eventually performing in Australia, where the show originated. Also, recently, featured tap dancer in Take That’s Circus Tour.

Television includes: BBC1 red campaign show idents and he has filmed and choreographed commercials for a wide range of products across Europe.

Choreography includes: assistant choreographer on The Prince’s Trust Gala (Buckingham Palace 2007) and tap choreographer for Viva La Diva starring Darcey Bussell and Katherine Jenkins, coaching the ‘Divas’ on their tap (2008 tour). He was seen putting both through their paces on a recent South Bank Show special. Douglas has worked extensively with top choreographer Kim Gavin on corporate shows for Toyota in Bologna, Paris and London. Also, performer and co-choreographer of the tap routines in Strictly Gershwin (2008 world premiere, Royal Albert Hall).

Douglas is delighted to be back working on Tap Dogs.

2IC

Sheldon Perry

SHELDON PERRY (Performer) Sheldon began his tap career at the age of four and was the Sydney Tap Champion by the age of ten. Stage career highlights include member of the original Australian cast of 42nd Street; participation in Dein Perry’s All Tap Company project funded by the Australian Council; member of the original cast of Hot Shoe Shuffle, touring to London’s West End as Assistant Director and Choreographer, throughout Australia and Japan in the principal role, and as Dance Captain and Choreographer for the UK regional tour.

Sheldon also appeared alongside Dire Straights’ Mark Knopfler for the UK’s Leukemia Foundation at Grosvenor House, and performed with Stevie Wonder in the tribute Quincy Jones’ The First Fifty Years. Sheldon has toured extensively throughout the United States and Europe as lead performer and dance director with the award-winning production Tap Dogs and has performed with the company at the 2000 Olympics Opening Ceremony in Sydney. Film and video highlights include a performance in the original award-winning video of Tap Dogs and a performance in the 2001 Mumbia film fare awards for Bootmen. Television credits include appearances on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”, “MTV”, “The Midday Show”, “Hey Hey It’s Saturday”, “The Logie Awards”, “The Olivier Awards Ceremony” (West End) and “The Big Breakfast”(London).

Sheldon has been a performer and toured with Tap Dogs around the globe for over 17 years and is thrilled to be back touring Australia.

RAT

James Doubtfire 

James started dancing at the age of four. At the age of twelve, he created the role of Laughing Boy in the original cast of Bugsy Malone at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London.

James started training at North Hertfordshire College in Hitchin for two years. After leaving he performed extensively across the UK and Europe as a dancer / dance captain. He continued his career in the tour of 42nd Street with Bonnie Langford, Me and My Girl with Garry Wilmot, An Evening with Sondheim and both English and Australian tours of Hot Shoe Shuffle, playing the role of Tip.

James has appeared in many television shows including The Royal Variety Performance, The Clothes Show, Barrymore, The Generation Game, The National Lottery, This Morning with Richard & Judy, Blue Peter and GMTV. Advertisements include Amena mobile phones, T- Mobile, Lego, Le Crunch Bunch, Boots The Chemist and Colgate Toothpaste. Modelling assignments include Dolce and Gabbana, Paul Smith and various magazines.

In 2000 James worked on the opening ceremony of The Sydney 2000 Olympics. Along with his Tap Dogs colleagues, James had the honour of being part of the famous BBC identities that was shown regularly on BBC1. James is choreographer for the England Tap Team (Tap Attack) and has also choreographed pantomime for the past two years in Harrogate.
James has been involved with Dein Perry’s Tap Dogs for the past fourteen years as a performer, dance captain and now Resident Director. He has toured extensively throughout the world including Europe, Asia, Australia and London West End. James was honoured to be chosen to perform in Tap Dogs ten year anniversary tour of Australia. Over this time he was a celebrity guest on a Big Brother series.

FUNKY

Chaise Rossiello

CHAISE  started dancing and singing at the age of 5 in his home town of Geelong. Chaise has a wealth of experience in Performing throughout Australia and the world, he has performed both alongside and under some well known artists including Jamelia, Barry Humphries, Delta Goodrem, Black eyed peas and Jessica Mauboy just to name a few.Chaise joined TAP DOGS in ‘2007’ and has toured throughout the UK, the Mediterranean and Europe. Other Stage highlights include Mike Costa (A Chorus Line) and more recently Don Lockwood (Singing in the Rain)

ENFORCER

Richie Miller 

Training: Performing Arts Center in St Charles, Missouri, where he performed for ten years and also competed for eight. He still teaches and takes classes there.

Dance includes: performances with The Dance Company of St Charles, studying many styles of dance other than tap. He has attended some workshops, including Jump,DMA and Break the Floor on scholarships.

Richie is thrilled to be in his second season of Tap Dogs with which he has already toured the USA and Mexico.

KID

Nathaniel Hancock

Training: Nathaniel started tap dancing at the age of six at The Ritz Dance Studio in Brisbane and progressed onto all styles of dance from the age of eight.

Experience:  In 2002 Nathaniel played 1 major role and 3 minor roles in the Professional Production of the Wizard of Oz performed at the Lyric Theatre in Brisbane. In 2007, Nathaniel participated in the Global Dance Convention Workshop in Sydney and was one of five finalists and the only tap dancer chosen from 150 students, he also won speed tap champion at the Brisbane Eisteddfod. In 2008 he performed with Red Hot Rhythm at the Melbourne International Tap Festival, as well as performing at many other corporate events with the group. In 2010 he performed in two corporate shows with Tap Dogs and danced for a short stint on the George Miller film Happy Feet 2.

INTERCHANGE

Jason Lewis

Training: Jason began his dance and acting training at seven, at Brent Street Studios, McDonald College and CHPYC in Sydney, Australia.

Dance includes: Jason’s 15 years of experience have seen him travel the globe, performing with such artists as Fergie (MTV Awards), Olivia Newton-John, TV Rock, Caroline O’Connor and Cindy Lauper. Jason’s intense training has allowed him to work with the best choreographers in the business, including Kelly Abbey (Happy Feet), Cameron Mitchell, Matt Lee (Australian Idol) and David Atkins (Hairmedia launch). Jason has been a member of Tap Dogs since 2005 and has been fortunate enough to experience their worldwide tours (South Africa, Korea, Europe and now London).

Choreography includes: At 16, Jason began creating his own show The Next Step and is currently directing, choreographing and managing this all-male phenomenon. (www.thenextsteponline.com).

Jason is very proud to be a Dog and hopes to be for years to come. He would like to thank his family Louise, Colleen and Kris for their ongoing support.

INTERCHANGE

Sam Marks

Training: in all facets of dance at the Conroy Dance Centre in Brisbane, Australia.

Theatre includes: his professional debut at nine when he played Gavroche in Cameron Mackintosh’s Les Misérables. Also, Young Don Lockwood in Singin’ in the Rain (2002) and Mayor Munchkin in The Wizard of Oz(2003). From 2006 to 2009, Sam played Coricopat and Alonzo in the Asian tour and Brisbane Australian season of Cats. Most recently, Sam was cast as an ensemble member in the Sydney season of Wicked.

Other work includes: frequently appearing within the Australian commercial dance industry and as a performer with The Next Step.

MUSICIAN

Lyndsay Evans

Training: BMus (Hons) at Trinity College of Music and singing, acting and dance at Pineapple Performing Arts School, London.

Live performances include: Wyclef Jean, Eros Ramazzotti, Ricky Martin, Amy Winehouse, Nile Rogers, Peter Andre, Moose T, The Black Eyed Peas, Jazzy Jeff, Omar, Kelly Rowland, Luke Slater, Reverend and the Makers, Kid Creole, Billy Bragg, John Dankworth, Cleo Lane and Noise Ensemble.

Tours: Ricky Martin, Eros Ramazzotti, Reverend and the Makers, The Mentalists, Katy Carr and the Aviators and A Girl Called Eddy. Theatre includes: touring the UK, Russia and Europe with Noise Ensemble’sLouder Than Words, a mix of drumming, dance and comedy (in a similar vein toStomp).

Television includes: drummer and presenter for Disney XD Pro Jams, violist for Rihanna on Cheryl Cole’s Big Night In, drummer in the music video for ‘Phantom’ (Great Pretender single, MTV USA and Europe), bassist for Peter Andre on Elvismania, musician for X Factor live shows, featured blonde drummer in Sony Walkman advert Music Pieces, musician for Ricky Martin and Eros Ramazzotti single promotions with many performances on French, Swiss, Spanish, Italian and German television, drummer on eight episodes of MobileAct, drummer with Noise Ensemble, including appearances on Blue Peter and Russian and European television, guitarist on Hit Me Baby One More Time and bassist on Grease Is the Word.

Other work includes: sessions on forthcoming albums Militant by The Mentalists and Imprint by Jack Adaptor, ‘A Girl Called Eddy’ (A Girl Called Eddy), ‘Hadar the Star’ (Hadar Manor) and ‘Something Old, Something New’ (Atila Hussein and NYJO). 
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MUSICIAN

Noriko Terada

Noriko Terada is a young extraordinary Percussionist and Arranger who is already making a big name for herself on the East Coast and Japan. Noriko Terada is internationally know for her performances as a multi-percussionist and is also a very successful studio musician with a vast understanding of World music, European Classical, Film scoring, Jazz, and Latin traditional instruments and styles. As a player and arranger, she has rich wealth of knowledge in music theory as well as the creativity to break barriers.


Also she is recognized as a re-known major record label artist and she is working as amember of the group ‘Flangia’, the most renowned music bell & percussion band in Japan. The group has appeared on TV programs, magazines, radio and countless live events.

Noriko Terada was born and raised in Kashima, Japan. She started playing the piano at the age of 3. At the age of 12, she found percussion/drums and quickly fell in love, which went on to changed her life. Also, at the age of 7, she started classical ballet and
she continued it until the age of 20. Over 13 years of classical ballet training, she understand naturally about
connecting between Music and Dance as a composite art. Her experience of ballet influenced her to easily understand music. In 2001, she had an opportunity to tour in the United States and performed at Carnegie Hall with Wind Orchestra Band from Japan. After graduating high school, Noriko entered Tokyo College of Music, most prestige classical music conservatory in Japan. During her second year of the college, she began working professionally in Tokyo area. In 2007, Noriko received a scholarship from the prestigious Berklee College of music and moved to Boston, USA to study Jazz, Contemporary music and World Percussion and Drums. After graduating Berklee, Noriko has shown so much versatility in musical styles including Musical Theatre, World music, Afro-Brazilian music, Pop, R&B, Rock and Classical. She was heavily involved in various bands on the east Coast and performed at numerous venues, conferences, and recording projects across the country. She performed with top level musicians such as Alan Slilvestri (composer of film “Back to the Future”), Don Was (Producer of Rolling Stones), Anjelique Kidjo (Grammy award singer), John Weston (Producer of Beyonce, Shakira). She performed at numerous famous venues including Carnegie Hall, Blue Note Jazz Club NY, Boston Symphony Hall, Museum of Fine Arts, Agganis Arena and Hynes Convention Center. Noriko also played at many Festivals including Montreal Jazz Festival and “Viana do Castelo International Music Festival” in Portugal. She is an accompanist for modern dancers at Boston Ballet, Boston Conservatory and Walnut Hill art school. She is currently a main percussionist for thegroup, such as Women of the World, Video Game Orchestra and Mr. Ho’s Orchestra