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Original Tap Dogs star Darren Disney stages Michael Jackson show and opens Swansea dance studio

New tricks: Darren Disney will stage 23 Jackson Street this week and soon open a new dance studio in Swansea. Picture: Jonathan Carroll. IF surnames were an indication of destiny,Darren Disney wasborn to entertain.

“A lot of people notice that, I’m still waiting for my inheritance,” laughs Disney, who is no relation to US animation giantWalt but claims fame as anoriginal Tap Dog turned danceentrepreneur.

This week the 51-year-old will choreograph more than 100 pupils from DFX, his Tuggerah-based dance studio, in2300 Jackson Street at Hunter Theatre.

The show celebrates pop king Michael Jackson, remixing his classics and featuring the bestfashion of the decades in which the late singer shone, originally with The Jackson Five.

“It’s Michael Jackson but not as you know him –for example, Thriller becomes a quirky ballad,” he says.

“Michaelis great for tap because the beat is so prominent.”

Come February, Disney will opening a second dance school in Swansea, in doing soedging further away from Sydney, where he has taught tap and dance for 25 years.

Hooked on Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire as a child,Disney was in primary school when his mother enrolled him in tap at the reputable Les Griffith Studio in New Lambton.

At his first class he met Dein Perry, who asked him to join the Tap Dogs alongside Ben Read, Drew Kaluski, Nathan Sheens and Aaron Cash.

Disney travelled with the Tap Dogs for four years until he was injured in 1994, forcinghim to hang up his boots.

Since then he has dedicated his life to teaching others,creating rhythms and sounds and innovating the art form:“I don’t really have a life besides what I do and I like to achieve quality work.”

Hewill soonrebrand his studios to D3 Darren Disney Dance, which teaches tap and genres including jazz, lyricaland rad ballet.

As for an original Tap Dogs revivalwith the men he still considers buddies?

“There was talk of a comeback last year to mark 20 years but we’d all need walking frames,” he jokes.

Details aboutDisney’s studios can be found atwww.dfxdancestudios杭州龙凤论坛m. Tickets to 2300 Jackson Streeton December 18 are available at www.hspa.nsw.edu.au.

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