Riverside Theatres and FORM Dance Projects present
Dance Bites 2021
THE TAP AFFECT
The Australian Tap Dance Company
“Listen to my feet and I will tell you the story of my life.” – John Bubbles
Tap is back with FORM! Following a cracker performance with the Tap Pack in 2013, internationally renowned tap dancers Peta Anderson (Eireborne, Drummer Queens), Jack Egan (The Tap Pack, Australian Tap Coach), Brianna Taylor (RAW, Rythmatic) and Thomas J Egan (The Tap Pack, Tap Dogs) launch their newly founded company, The Australian Tap Dance Company.
Joined by four of Australia’s most virtuosic tap dancers and a percussionist, The Tap Affect is the company’s inaugural work. Gathered for the first time on stage they celebrate the great influential tap legends, sometimes lesser-known, that have inspired their journey. To famous big band jazz tunes of the 20s, 40s and current times, each dancer will delve into their deeply personal bond to tap dancing, showcasing their unique style and story.
“Our vignettes of each dancer will be an abstract biographic view into their inspirations as a tap dancer.” – Thomas Egan, Australian Tap Dance Company co-founder.
- There is a lockout period and all latecomers will be seated at the first suitable moment in the performance.
- This performance contains smoke haze and moments of high volume and percussion.
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Brianna Taylor is one of Australia’s leading professional tap dance artists on the scene. The Far North Queensland country girl turned Melbournian fell head over heels for the art form of tap dancing and performing arts from the young age of four, training in jazz, tap, commercial, classical, contemporary, hip hop/urban and musical theatre.
Her passion for the art form saw Brianna relocate from her hometown to train at Brent Street in Sydney, one of Australia’s top performing arts academies. Her expansive dance career has since seen her tour globally with numerous productions; with a career highlight being one of the first Australian female tap artists to perform on Broadway in New York with RAW Dance Company’s ‘UNTAPPED’ USA tour. Brianna has recently returned to Aus after living in the USA performing as a lead female tap dancer in Vegas residency show OPIUM at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas, choreographed by Dein Perry & Melinda Sullivan.
Her recent achievements include Disney’s ‘Mickey’s Christmas Big Band,’ Disneyland Paris, 2017 & 2018 seasons. Brianna is also apart of American tap company, Rhythmatic, directed by Nick Young and recently performed in the companies production, ‘On Top of The World’ in Bermuda, LA & San Diego, California. Brianna has performed in two seasons with Raw Dance Company’s, ‘UNTAPPED’ which toured both USA 2016 & Australia 2017. She is also the only Australian performer in the American based professional tap company in New York, Apartment 33, directed and produced by Chloe and Maud Arnold. She performed as part of the New York company cast in the latest production ‘Where Dreams Are Made’ (NYC).
Brianna is the Co Director and Founder of the Australian Tap Dance Company alongside some of Australia’s most highly regarded artists, Thomas Egan, Jack Egan & Peta Anderson which launched in 2019. Their first works will be showcased in Sydney in March 2020 with a vision to present engaging works for audiences here in Australia and to tour works around the globe producing and creating work for Australian tap dancers.
Brianna is also sponsored by Capezio as a Capezio Athlete Ambassador, a brand she is extremely proud to represent.
She has studied at both Broadway Dance Centre (NYC), Steps on Broadway (NYC) and at the American Rhythm Centre (CHI) where she was offered a scholarship to train with Chloe Arnold’s Syncopated Ladies. During her time in America, Brianna trained under some of the best in the industry, including Jason Samuels Smith, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Michelle Dorrance, Derick Grant, Chloe Arnold, Jason Janas, Melinda Sullivan, Jared Grimes and Sarah Reich as well as one of the greats Dr Arthur Duncan during the LA Tap Festival.
A force to be reckoned with, Brianna has made a prominent mark on the Australian tap scene, working with some of Australia’s leading tap production companies, including Rhythm Tap Melbourne (Director Grant Swift), appearing on popular international television show Good Morning Britain, Channel 7 News, The Morning Show, The Today Show and performing for luxury brands including Mercedes Benz and Crown Casino. Her passion for tap dance and choreography has seen her travel both nationally and globally. Brianna has taught at some of Australia’s leading dance institutes around the country along with being a regular member of faculty at the Australian Tap Dance Festival and Sydney Tap Festival also being asked to teach at the American Tap Dance Festival in LA. Brianna is extremely passionate about building a strong female market for tap dance by highlighting and generating opportunities for women in the industry; particularly in Australia. Her love for music and rhythm is infectious and she promises to continue to honour the history of the dance, and inspire and spread her passion for this art form through education.
Peta Anderson Peta started dancing at the age of 3 in Sydney, where she attended the McDonald College of the arts. After finishing high school she went on to complete a diploma in performing arts at “Dance world studios” Melbourne. Peta went on to tour with “The Rhythms of Ireland” around Australia and New Zealand straight after finishing her diploma which lead her to performing with “Dance of Desire” in China. Peta then appeared on Ireland’s “RTE” TV program “Dance off” where she was chosen to perform as principal dancer and played the part of “Aisling” in the show “Noctu”, which then went on to perform in New York on Broadway, gaining 2 drama desk award nominations. Peta then went on to perform in Riverdance between 2011 and 2015, travelling all over the world including Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Europe, Uk and China, as part of their 20th anniversary tours. Whilst being a part of Riverdance she also starred in their brand new production “Heartbeat of Home” as part of the original cast performing in Ireland, China and Canada.
Peta was also a part of an arena tour of the UK performing in Ant & Decs “Saturday night takeaway on tour” dancing with the likes of Blue, Ashley Roberts, Peter Andre, and Westlife. When Peta returned to Sydney she was cast in the role of “Lola”in the Kermond creative production of “Spiegle’esque” which has been performed all around Australia.
Peta now resides in Sydney where she is choreographing/producing and starring in a brand new show called “Eireborne” which tributes everything Ireland has bought to the world in both music and dance. “Eireborne” has just finished its second tour with great success and has had numerous sold out shows, with the future looking very bright, Peta is so honoured that the first show she has helped create is about to become international as “Eireborne” will perform a residency in both Zurich, Switzerland and Hamburg, Germany later in 2019. Peta also performed on “The Voice” as the featured drummer for James Arthur as well as his film clip for his hit song “You deserve better”, and as a featured singer behind “Conrad Sewell”. Peta has a growing reputation as a choreographer and recently choreographed the 2018 “Bulgari” launch in Sydney and is now on board to choreograph a Brand new show featuring “The drummer Queens” directed and created by both Nigel Turner-Carroll and Joe Accaria.
Peta is recognised worldwide as a “Capezio” athlete and was named in the top 30 most inspirational athletes of 2017 to recognise 130 years of the “Capezio” brand, she was excited to be the face of the new campaign releasing the “Tapsonic” shoe as her style of fusing both tap and Irish dancing together represented the shoe perfectly. In 2018 she also became an ambassador for “O’mara sprung floors” which is based in Michigan, USA. Most recently Peta was on the faculty of the “Australian Tap festival” and the “London Tap intensive” in 2018 and in early 2019 she was on faculty at the “UK tap festival” in Manchester.
Thomas J Egan
Thomas J Egan Thomas Egan is a choreographer, creative and tap dance performer from Sydney Australia. Thomas is sought out as a performer and his choreographic and creative work appeared on the West End and across Australia. He has performed with Tap Dogs (touring France, Singapore, Hong Kong, UAE, China and Australia), Singing’ In The Rain, Fame The Musical, Baz Luhrmann’s ‘The Great Gatsby”, Kylie Minogue, Timomatic, XFactor, Australia’s Got Talent, Young Peter Allen in The Boy From Oz, Charlie Bates in Oliver and TVC’s for So You Think You Can Dance and the Bachelor.
He is a creative on the show ‘The Tap Pack’, nominated for two Green Room Awards, Spirt Of The Fringe Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and a Dance Award. The show has had seasons on the West End in London, Beijing, Berlin and toured extensively in Australia including The Sydney Opera House. In 2020 the pack will tour through-out the U.S for the first time going to over 20 cities. Thomas founded The Forge Tap Project, an initiative that creates projects including but not limited to workshops, masterclasses, choreography and dance films for youth. He also founded The Australian Tap Dance Company, a professional tap company that collects inspiring Australian talent to present engaging works.
Credits for his training go to Sharon Lawrence (his Mother), Barbra Lynch, Chris Horsey, Paul Davis, the Victorian College Of The Arts. He has traveled to the U.S many times to train with Choreographers at Millennium, Debbie Reynolds, Movement Lifestyle and to partake in L.A Tap Festival and classes at Steps on Broadway. Find out more on IG @tommyjtap and thomasjegan.com.au.
Jack Egan Jack has been an influential member of the Australian tap community for over a decade, paving the way for the development of professional level tap dancing in Australia. His work with young Australian dancers has brought his choreography across the world for competitions and further training. He has achieved World Champion choreography for the IDO World Tap Dance Championships in Germany representing Australia but recently his passion for tap dance has extended into The Forge Tap Project, an initiative promoting youth tap dance and furthermore recent performances such as Alpha – a Forge Tap Company event.
He has been a part of tap groups such as The Tap Pack, Three Feet of Beat and One Big Blur performing internationally to audiences as well as on numerous prestigious cruise ship companies such as Royal Caribbean, Norwegian and Europa. He is also an accredited Judge for the International Dance Organization (IDO), judging at the prestigious IDO World Tap Championships in Riesa, Germany in 2014 & 2016. To accompany his dance training he also studied a Masters in Exercise Rehabilitation to facilitate his knowledge of the body as well as the development of dancers and movement patterns.