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Christine Denny is the creator and director of TAPATAK OZ – the tap dance syllabus that launched in Australia in 2008. Since then, the syllabus has gained a reputation as being modern, technically challenging and most importantly - very relevant to today’s tap scene. TAPATAK OZ is giving its students and teachers an edge in training and development that is in step with industry needs and trends, and as such it is now in use all over Australia, as well as extending its reach overseas, with clients in the UK, USA, France, Italy, Finland, New Zealand, Singapore and Dubai.
For the past 23 years Christine has been a well known and respected figure in Sydney’s tap scene, being invited to teach at many leading dance schools and Tertiary Dance Institutions as well as teaching master classes and setting choreography all over Australia. She is also a regular guest tap tutor for both of Australia’s major dance education events: The Australian Dance Festival (held in Sydney) and The Australian Tap Dance Festival (held in Melbourne). As an adjudicator she has worked extensively in areas all over the nation including – The prestigious McDonalds City of Sydney Performing Arts Challenge and BPAC as well as in eisteddfods all over including Bundaberg, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Perth, Launceston, Grafton, Melbourne, Adelaide, Cairns, Leeton, Nowra, Bunbury, Redcliffe, Wyong and Devonport!
Christine was also a columnist for Australia’s popular print magazine Dance Train from 2008 – mid 2012 with her regular feature TAP TALK, and can be seen interviewing people from all sides of the theatrical fence in her series ON THE COUCH WITH CHRISTINE for the online dance networking site DanceLife.
As a performer, Christine created, directed and danced with RHYTHM WORKS OZ for a number of years. The predominantly female group provided a combination of tap dance and percussion, using recycled garbage as drums and worked in the world of Corporate Entertainment providing interactive shows for clients like Isuzu. With Christine having a background as a drummer, RWO also provided rhythm workshops with recycled garbage to a wide variety of clients from corporates like Commonwealth Bank to disabled groups, primary schools, fulltime dance students and for outdoor festivals!
It is this love and passion for rhythm - both tapping and drumming - that create Christine’s signature style and her choreography which is known for using everything from chairs, tables and sticks to tambourines, drums, boxes and whistles!
Christine tapped alongside the Tap Dogs in the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony in Sydney 2000, as well as work on the sound recording for this event!
Currently Christine travels the world promoting her syllabus Tapatak Oz. She teaches tap master classes and Tapatak Oz syllabus workshops as well as setting tap choreography for competitions and performance. In 2014, Christine launched her new venture A Bridge To You which is aimed at addressing peoples lack of self belief and getting people to live their lives in line with their own values and true to themselves: www.abridgetoyou.com.au. As Christine says: “ For years I have been teaching people how to dance on the outside – well now I want to get them dancing on the inside too.”
Christine's festival classes will cover rhythmic content - layering those rhythms and playing with the placement of accent. Buckle up for a tap experience focused on fun, individuality and a whole lot of tap!