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  • Actors: Dein Perry, Kevin Coyne, Darren Disney, Drew Kaluski, Ben Mayne
  • Directors: Aubrey Powell
  • Producers: Divonne Holmes a Court, Ray Still, Steve Swartz
  • Format: Color, Letterboxed, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 3, 2000
  • Run Time: 73 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004Y7GF
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,484 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Tap Dogs" on IMDb

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Dein Perry has created a dance experience like none other--crackling with blue-collar energy, these six young men from Australia steal tap forever from the world of black ties and tails, and carry it body and soul into the Nineties. Cleverly staged and danced as though their lives depended on it, "Tap Dogs" is winning the hearts of audiences around the world.

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The energy and the synchronicity of the Tap Dogs dancers is really quite amazing. A solo plaid-shirt and denim-clad dancer opens the show, giving a hint of what is to come, then loiters stage left as we meet the rest of the troupe feet first. Each dancer gets a chance to show off his individual talents on a raised stage that looks remarkably like a boxing ring. A few moments later, the ring's sides are lifted and the floor split, giving the dancers a whole new terrain to jump and tap through. After a high-energy beginning, the dancers bring it down with a back-and-forth duet set to mysterious music, which then segues into an evocative, blue-lit wooden square reminiscent of a late-night street corner.

One of the most fun sequences is when the six dancers create a musical rhythm while tapping on a synthesizer built in the floor. They dance effortlessly with grins on their faces while keeping the syncopation going strong. The music picks up here to more of a rock & roll free-for-all and the Tap Dogs let loose in a dance-brawl suggesting a "who's the top tap dog" tension, relieved by small, humorous moments. Particularly amazing is the dancer suspended upside down and tapping on the ceiling--in perfect time, of course. Originated and choreographed by Dein Perry (Bootmen) and directed by Aubrey Powell, Tap Dogs impresses with its innovation (dancing on scaffolding as it's being built, for example, or on narrow stair steps) and the dancers with their fluidity, intensity, and strength. This tapping is not just dancing--it's an endurance sport. --Dana Van Nest

Customer Reviews

If you enjoy musicals, dance performances or just plain fun you should get this DVD!
Denise R. Merritt
Who would have thought to do that?" Imagination at its best, even the kids will love this video!
Kimberly DeVaughn
I could not believe what I saw and needless to say I watched the whole thing and now own a copy.
Robert Cooney

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 11, 1997
Format: VHS Tape
The progression of an exhilarating life is much about how we find different perspectives from which to appreciate things already seen before. That is exactly what Tap Dogs has done to the art of tap dancing. The Australian troupe, working under Dein Perry's innovative and clever mind, has created some amazing tap numbers that will dazzle your mind, eyes and ears. Particularly for the ones used to the typical tap numbers of Gene Kelly (whom, I personally believe, has developed a uniquely beautiful and breathtaking style), the tapping on water - unlike anything Mr. Kelly does in "Singin' in the Rain" - and metal demonstrate sly experiments with the "barking of the feet." Going over ramps, tapping while hanging upside-down or using digital musical equipment in conjunction with taps, the show is a roller-coaster of sound and fury that never leaves one wondering "Couldn't they have tried this?" Well, you name it and they have. If you are fortunate enough to have seen the live show, the tape should provide a great showcase of what was seen on stage, allowing you to go back to scenes that flew by your eyes when you just wished "Can they 'rewind' this quickly?"; if not, it will probably make you want to rush to where they may be performing. The takes and editing are well done, in spite of how frustrating it can be for tap aficionados to see a full-stage shot when a close-up would provide a much better view of the leg/feet work. We all know, however, that when dance numbers are involved (be it a musical or dance performance), the editor's choice of what shots to use is often a quite ungrateful and frustrating task. "Chorus Line," successfully transported to the screen, is a good example of such a challenging job. "Tap Dogs," the tape, both delivers a great tap show on the screen and sheds an inquisitive light into this underrated art of dance and sound. END
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By S. Mitchell on November 21, 2002
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
love this video. it's well-filmed, not too jumpy -- you actually get to observe the dancing closely for nice long stretches. feels like you're really in the audience, in a front row seat! my young son is just learning to tap, and loves this tape.
a previous reviewer mentioned a brief simulated pee near the beginning -- i found it to be clearly just pretend, and meant in fun (albeit earthy fun). i explained to my kids it was just pretend, and they were cool about it. i'm a bit of a prude, and would not hesitate to recommend this for the whole family.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Priscilla Stafford on July 27, 2005
Format: DVD
Winner of 11 International Awards including the Obie Award, "Tap Dogs" is like nothing you've ever seen. A must see for all tap dancers and anyone with an interest in tap dancing, this spectacular show successfully gives a look at new age tap dancing of the nineties.

"Tap Dogs" showcases the incredible dancing talents of six Australians who simple crackle with blue-collar energy. Led by Dein Perry, the creator of the show, the other five members are Ben Read, Nathan Sheens, Gerry Symonds, Drew Kaluski, and Darren Disney.

Recorded live at 'The Lyric Theatre' in London, here is a list of musical numbers for the show:

1) MAIN TITLE: BEST FOOT FORWARD - As the title and beginning credits appear, we watch as Dein Perry almost casual taps on the stage.

2) MIX 'N' MATCH - Only their feet are seen as five pairs of boots appear inside a frame. (caution: as one reviewer complained, there is a crude moment during this scene so parents be cautioned if watching with younger children.)

3) SOLO STEPS - One by one, the six members get their solo moment to show off their talents. Favorites solo steps would be Disney's ("Helloooo gorgeous!" is yelled out to him from the audience) and Read's (I can't see how he pulls off the 'toe' steps).

4) DANCING BETWEEN THE CRACKS- As a large piece of board is being lifted, slanted forward for the full view of the audience, the board is pulled apart so that the dancers dance beween and over the cracks.

5) TWO-MAN ROUTINE - Dein Perry and Ben Read tap while being seated, starting from the basics until the steps become more and more complicated.

6) FANCY FOOTWORK - Ben Read and Dein Perry each do a long solo number, one of my favorites parts of the whole show.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Paul D. McDaniel on April 15, 2004
Format: DVD
My wife and I rented this video several years ago and, after watching it, went right out and bought it. There is no other show like it. It is innovative, entertaining, and just plain fun. I grow tired of all the hype over Savion Glover. He just seems to be tapping with no rhyme or reason. These guys have awesome rhythm and ability to work together. No, its not traditional tap, but it is totally fresh and new. These guys dont dance to the music thats playing, they complete the music with the sound of their feet. Its nothing like Stomp or Bring in Da Noise. It's better. Now that I know its on DVD, I'll be buying the DVD and passing the video on to a friend to share what I feel is an truly amazing performance. And by the way, "new age" is a totally incorrect way to describe this as the previous reviewer stated.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Denise R. Merritt on September 18, 2000
Format: DVD
If you enjoy musicals, dance performances or just plain fun you should get this DVD! These 6 guys are terrific dancers and they have alot of fun doing what they do best! Lots of different flooring and staging keeps the action going. Very creative and enrgetic! I have the VHS because the DVD is not available yet, but I will buy the DVD because I know the tape will definitely be worn out. I have 2 boys who also enjoy alot of parts in the show. The "Tap Dogs" keep you laughing and wondering "how do they do that"? Very cool!
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