THE POUND

Anthony Russo

Anthony's career began at 15, when he was offered an Equity contract in Anything Goes at The Muny in Forest Park, St. Louis. Before his senior year of high school, Anthony was hired for the 6th National Tour of Tap Dogs and continued with the show for 8 years performing 4 of 6 roles. Russo also danced with the Tap Dogs in Johannesburg, South Africa, the International Festival Danse Encore in Canada, and an NFL half time show (49ers VS Redskins) in 2003. Other performance and choreography credits include the Off-Broadway production of At The Diner, Seven Off-Broadway productions of Break The Floor, and Iron Beats China Tour and Tampa Bay, Busch Gardens. He has donated his talents through performance to many fund-raising events including Dance For It for Breast Cancer, Sidanse for AIDS, and Ghar Sita Mutu for a community center in Nepal. Anthony was recently a part of the creation process for Cirque Du Soleil's vaudeville show Banana Shpeel and continued with the show as a featured tap dancer in Chicago, New York, and Toronto. This show also made an appearance on America's Got Talent in 2009. Anthony has entertained for 25+ corporations including Microsoft, Pfizer, Novartis, HILTI Tools, Chevrolet/GMC, Mitsubishi, MTX Audio, Charles Schwabb, M.O.P.S., Circuit City, Beltone, IBM and Marriott Hotels. Anthony created TAPademics INC., a company dedicated to tap dance education and entertainment, in 2003. As co-founder and director of the in-studio workshop Tap The Map, Anthony continues to spread his knowledge and passion on to the next generation

Anthony Locascio

ANTHONY is a native New Yorker, who resides in San Jose, California; he has performed, taught and toured internationally as a tap dancer since 1994. An original NYC cast member, and the first American to earn a role in the show, a large part of Anthony’s career has been spent playing the roles of Funky, The Enforcer, and 2IC, with, Tap Dogs. He has been seen performing and teaching in all 50 states, as well as, Mexico, Canada, the Netherlands and as far as Monte Carlo on the French Riviera.Teaching the art of tap dancing is truly Anthony’s life passion. Anthony is often found teaching at conventions and adjudicating competitions throughout North America. Anthony is reprising his original role of the Enforcer for the current National tour. Special thanks & acknowledgement goes out to Dein Perry, Nigel Triffitt and all the original Australian Tap Dogs.

MacKenzie Greenwell

 MACKENZIE GREENWELL (Performer) MacKenzie Greenwell has been dancing since the age of two. He has had the privilege to work extensively with Danny Nielsen and Heather Cornell. He is a regular face in and around Calgary performing and instructing. Recent credits: the Grand Opening Show for CrossIron Mills Mall – Lead Role working alongside So You Think You Can Dance star Miles Faber, Opening Ceremonies of the 2010 Olympics where he shared the stage with 25 of Canada’s most talented performers and was a featured solo artist in West Coast Tap Dance Collective’s 2010 Tap Day show.

Matt Saffron

MATT joined the cast of Tap Dogs in 2006. He began dancing at the age of six and has extensive training in tap, jazz and ballet. Matt won world honors as a member of the 2000 USA National Tap Dance Team, as well as individually. His stage credits include Guys and Dolls, Will Rogers Follies, Oklahoma, 42nd Street, Beauty and the Beast, and Larry in A Chorus Line just to name a few. Currently, Matt is a highly sought out master teacher in the Pennsylvania and New York area.

Catriona Hunter

Catriona is an Australian percussionist who began learning drumming and percussion at the age of 7 years old and, over the years, has performed in numerous bands and ensembles across a wide range of genres. In 2008 Catriona was a member of the South Sydney Rabbitohs rugby league team drum squad and has played on national television with Tap Dogs in the final of So You Think You Can Dance Australia. Catriona has been touring worldwide with Tap Dogs since 2011.

Catarina Percinio

Catarina began her musical formation at the age of ten for a local Marching
Band in São Paulo, Brazil. There she had her first contact with percussion,
theory and the art of performance. By the age of seventeen she applied and
joined one of the greatest conservatoire in the state, ULM – Centro Musical
Tom Jobim, with professor Alfredo Lima. There she studied drums, orchestral percussion and world percussion.

In 2008, she joined the undergradute course in percussion at the São Paulo
State University (Unesp), one of the oldest and most recognized percussion
courses in Brazil. There, she had classes with three percussion masters (John Boudler, Carlos Stasi and Eduardo Gianesella), with a broad education ranging from orchestral percussion, world percussion, Brazilian percussion and interative arts. From 2008 to 2011, she was invited to join Unesp’s percussion group, Grupo Piap (Art’s Institute Percussion Ensemble), considered to be one of the best groups in Latin America. There, she played and conducted repertoire written specially for this music formation, commissioning and premiering new music by live composers.

In 2008 and 2009, Catarina was involved with Grupo Piap who appeared on two TV programs broadcast by Rede Globo, Brazil’s worldwide channel. In 2008, the Prêmio
Profissionais do Ano, an award for the best advertisements of the year, was
recorded as a one hour live show, filled by the group’s performances and
counted with the presence of great Brazilian personalities (actors, actress,
directors). In 2009, Piap was invited to record a performance at Criança
Esperança with Ivaldo Bertazo’s modern ballet ensemble.

In 2009, Grupo Piap conceived a project in which Maurice Ravel's
Bolero was played with two pianos and brazilian percussion instruments. The
pianos were played by the international piano duo Katia and Marielle Labèque. In 2010, Grupo Piap performed a North american tour, performing concerts in 18 universities from the U.S.A. and Canada. In 2011, Grupo Piap performed a Chinese tour, performing concerts on Hubei University, Radio China and some art galleries.

In 2009 to 2011 Catarina also played in Young Orchestra of São Paulo, Young Wind Ensemble of São Paulo and in 2012 she played in Escola de Samba in brazilian’s carnival.

In 2012 Catarina applied and joined the master’s program of percussion (with professor Fabio Oliveira) at Universidade Federal de Goiás. Catarina is delighted to be playing with Tap Dogs in South Africa
 

Thomas Egan

Tom began his professional career at age 10 in The Boy From Oz (1995). He then went on to perform in musicals such as Singing In The Rain, Gypsy and Oliver.

After relocating to Sydney, Tom began working with artists and choreographers such as; Project Moda, The Next Step, The Squared Division, Tapworks and production company J Town. Television credits include; TVC’s for So You Think You Can Dance, Foxtel and the Discovery Channel. He has Performed with Kylie Minogue, Cassie Davis, Sneaky Sound System, Timomatic and on shows such as Australia’s Got Talent, Mornings with Kerrie- Anne, The X Factor and Channel V.

Tom has also choreographed for Short + Sweet Dance, SMA Productions and in 2010 he toured with the hit Musical FAME, choreographed by Kelley Abbey and produced by GFO.
Tom is thrilled to be a part of the dogs and would like to thank his family for their continuous support.

Adam Garcia

Theatre includes: On the Town (Théâtre du Châtelet and ENO), Wicked (Apollo Victoria),Salsa (workshop), Where Do We Live?(Royal Court), Cadillac Ranch (Soho Theatre), Saturday Night Fever (London Palladium), An Introduction to Their Picture(Royal Court), Grease (Dominion) and Hot Shoe Shuffle (Queen’s).

Film includes: A Woman Called Job,Standing StillFascinationConfessions of a Teenage Drama QueenLove’s BrotherThe First 20 Million Is Always the HardestRiding in Cars with BoysCoyote UglyBootmenand Wilde.

Television includes: HouseBritannia HighHawthornThe Flight of the ConchordsMr ElevenDoctor WhoRiot at the RiteMiss MarpleDream Team and Wild House. Adam is currently a judge on Sky’s hit television show Got to Dance.

Donovan Helma

Training: Donovan began dancing at three under the direction of his mother’s dance studio, Miller’s Dance Studio, in Denver, CO. He currently continues his education in New York City.

Dance includes: recently, corporate performances for General Motors, Charles Schwab and a Monday Night Football halftime performance with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. Donovan performed for Montreal’sDanse Encore International Festival in a production with the group Tap’d Out. In 2009 and 2010, he toured with the new Gregory Hines tribute show, Thank You Gregory, starring Jason Samuels Smith and Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards. Since 2004, he has performed on numerous tours and industrials with the international cast of Tap Dogs, including North America, Europe and South Africa.

Other work includes: teaching at studios and national conventions across the USA.

Donovan looks forward to continuing his performing career and inspiring audiences and students worldwide.

Travis Knight

TRAVIS KNIGHT (Performer) Theatre credits: Wonderland: A Tap Tribute To Stevie Wonder (2008-2009). Conceived and Choreographed by Ayodele Casel and Sarah Savelli, Wonderland features a cast of 12 of Tap Dancers in a theatrical celebration of Stevie Wonder’s music. Vancouver Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony (2010): Tap Dancer. Along with 26 of Canada’s most raucous Tap Dancers, Travis delivered an explosive performance aired around the world that marked the beginning of the Winter Olympic Games. Midway Games Happy Feet (2006): Principle Tap Dancer. Travis was tapped to be the principle motion capture subject for the video game adaptation of the Warner Brothers movie Happy Feet. Film and Television credits include: Showtime movie Bojangles (2001): Principle Tap Dancer. Working alongside Gregory Hines and Savion Glover, Travis was a feature dancer in the biopic of Bill “Bojangles” Robinson.

Kris Lewis

Kris began his Dance training at age 6 at CHPYC. He then went on to train at Brent Street Studios, The McDonald College and later moved to Melbourne to study at The Australian Ballet School.
 
Dance credits include: Lady GaGa’s latest Perfume Launch, BMW 3 Series Launch in China, Happy Feet 2, and performances for Sir Elton John and Richard Branson (with Tap Dogs).
Choreographic credits include; Australia’s Got Talent, Johnny Ruffo TVC and assisting Dein Perry on the opening number at the NRL Grand Final. In 2007 Kris Joined forces with his brother Jason to create their own show called The Next Step in which they have performed for Queen Elizabeth II, with artists Michael Buble, Kelly Rowland, Pittbull, Akon, and winners of the Australian Choreographic Competition, Kicking Up The Dust.  Kris has also featured in TVC’s for Starburst, McDonalds, Lifestyle, Telstra, Ausstar and Nestle.
 
Kris is excited to be a part of the Tap Dogs company and would like to thank his Grandma Coleen, Mum Louise and brother Jason for their constant support.

Dean Magri 

DEAN MAGRI (Performer) is from London, England and has worked professionally from a young age. At age 17 he joined the cast of Hot Shoe Shuffle and at age 19, he joined the original British company of Tap Dogs and has toured all over the world with the show. Dean has also been featured in well over 100 corporate events and TV commercials worldwide and worked on many TV sitcoms and Films. He created the corporate tap dance company, Extreme Tap and co-founded tapattack.co.uk.

Dominic Mortezadeh

DOMINIC MORTEZADEH (Performer) Having started dancing when he was 6 years old, including 11 years of tap dancing, Dominic could not be more thrilled to make his theatre debut with this amazing cast in Tap Dogs.  He also just made his film debut in the soon to be released Disney film, Harriet The Spy: Blog Wars. Dominic is also a budding choreographer. He would like to send a huge thank you to all his teachers, family, and friends for contributing to the success that he has been awarded so far.

Matt Papa  

Training: Matt trained in all styles of dance and was a finalist in the Australian Dancer of the Year 2005 and 2006.

Dance includes: performing worldwide in Australia, Europe and the USA with Tap Dogs and he has been a cast member since 2007. Matt has performed with the company at events including the finale shows of So You Think You Can Dance Australia andDancing with the StarsNRL Centenary Ball,Sydney Boat ShowBacardi B Live and the2008 World Youth Day opening ceremony.

Television includes: All Saints and Home and Away, and advertisements for Suntory Whisky (Japan), jaPOP (Japan) and Capri Sun (USA). Other work includes: Jeans West fashion launch, Hearts 4 Haiti and Doulton House corporate events with The Next Step.

Choreography includes: three-man tap number 213 for the 1st Carnival Choreographers Ball in Sydney and, most recently, creating a touring workshop calledTAPistry that aims to bring tap dancing workshops to regional areas of Australia.

Alysa Portelli - Musician 

Alysa began her studies in drums at the age of 14. She started tutoring with her high school music teacher and decided to pursue her passion for rhythm. Throughout her early years of playing, and realising that every spare moment was on the kit, it was a given that Alysa would go on to study at one of Sydney’s most respected Music Institutes. She was acknowledged for her great skill and remarkable potential as a performer by being awarded a scholarship to study at The Australian Institute of Music in 2009.
Discovering a new level to music, her professional career began, collaborating with fellow musicians and gigging regularly. As studies continued, Alysa developed an interest in Afro-Cuban percussion in which she grasped under the guidance of some of Sydney’s most respected musicians, Giorgio Rojas and Chris Fields.
Within only a year, Alysa started her career as a professional freelancer. She gigged as a percussionist and drummer, and debuted her skills at The Australian Institute of Music’s annual ‘Showcase’ where she played alongside some of Sydney’s best musicians, amongst them, Rex Goh.
In 2011, Alysa graduated with a Bachelor of Music. She continued to play at various venues including Sydney’s ‘The Basement’, ‘Opera Bar’, ‘Sydney Town Hall’ and ‘Tall Ships’. She has also had appearances on television’s ‘X-Factor’ and ‘So You Think You Can Dance’.
When she is not performing, Alysa spends time passing on her knowledge of rhythm and groove to her students.
Alysa is honoured to be touring with TAP DOGS for the first time this year.

Jesse Rasmussen 

Training: on the Gold Coast, Australia, with Peta Norton and Robert Sturrock.

Dance includes: professional credits in live entertainment, commercial dance, corporate work and in the film and television industry. Jesse wowed Las Vegas in 1998 when he won the Showcase Dance Championships, and went on to win in Australia. Since then Jesse has toured the country for David Atkins, playing Tip in Hot Shoe Shuffle.

Musical theatre includes: Oh What a Night,Grease – The Musical and Candy Man – The Musical.

Film includes: George Miller’s Happy Feet. He is currently working on Happy Feet 2.

Choreography includes: Jesse runs two hip hop companies, J Town and Aussie Hip Hop Tour, working with the likes of Guy Sebastion, Natalie Bassingthwaite, Marcia and Denny Hines and Savion Glover. He has performed and choreographed for Jessica Mauboy as a support act during the Beyoncé tour as well as Channel 9’s Hey Hey It’s Saturday 2009 reunion show. In 2009, Jesse was a Top 20 finalist for Australia’s So You Think You Can Dance and has since returned as a choreographer for the show.

Film includes: Peter Jackson’s King Kong.

Jesse is delighted to be working with Dein Perry’s Tap Dogs and would like to thank his family and friends for their constant support.

Nathan Sheens

NATHAN SHEENS (Performer) Nathan is an original cast member of Tap Dogs and has toured around the world with the show including London's West End and New York City. He became Dance Director and took over the lead role for the 1997 North American Tour. In 1998 he played the lead role in Dein Perry's Steel City, which took him back to NYC for a season at Radio City Music Hall. He appeared with the Dogs at Quincy Jones 25 Years in Music performing with the phenomenal Stevie Wonder. In 2000 Nathan assisted Dein Perry to choreograph the Sydney Olympics Games Opening Ceremony. Other theatre appearances include original cast of the Australian musical Shout and the role of Eddie for hit musical MAMMA MIA! at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre. Most recently Nathan has been appearing as part of the original Australian cast of Billy Elliot in both Sydney and Melbourne.

Genevieve Wilkins - Musician

Genevieve is an Australian-born freelance percussionist who is based in London. She is a member of ensemblebash, UK’s premiere percussion ensemble, as well as a founding member of The G Project, an exciting new collaboration with cellist Gabriella Swallow. Genevieve also performs regularly with composer Andrew Poppy’s Sustaining Ensemble, Dekata Project and has recently joined the band of jazz/world bassist Nathan Riki Thomson. As a session musician, she has performed with and/or recorded with Lionel Richie, Akon, Joanna MacGregor, Nash Ensemble, Karen David, DJ Panko (Ojos de Brujo), DJ Pathaan, Alex Wilson, Gavin Bryars, Steve Schick and was a founding member of renowned flamenco fusion group Alcazaba. Genevieve’s West End credits include Thriller Live (Lyric (deputy) and stadium world tour) and Never Forget: The Musical (Savoy). She also performs regularly as principal percussionist at London’s Shakespeare’s Globe, where productions include Macbeth: Playing Shakespeare (musical director), Troilus and Cressida, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet: Playing Shakespeare andThe Frontline (deputy musical director). 

www.genevievewilkins.com