Winston Morrison

By MelbourneTapDance

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Winston Morrison Faculty Headshot

A leader of Tap dance in Australia, Winston Morrison is the founder and creator of MelbourneTapDance and the Australian Tap Dance Festival – the benchmark for tap dance in Australia and Asia.

Winston has danced at many events and venues including Wangaratta Jazz Festival, Tap City at Peter Nortons’ Symphony Space on Broadway (New York), St. Regis Hotel in Singapore, FINA World Swimming Championships, Crown Casino (Melbourne), Chapel of Chapel, most of Melbourne’s theatres and street shows.  Additionally Winston has appeared on TV representing tap on “Australias Got Talent”, “The Today Show” and ABC’s “Sunday Arts Program” with Grant Swift.

Winston has had influences from teachers such as Grant Swift, Derick Grant, Kendrick Jones, Jared Grimes, Dr. Bunny Briggs, Dr. Harold Cromer, Ivery Wheeler, Marshall Davis Jnr, Ayodele Casele, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Michelle Dorrance, Jason Samuels Smith, Chloe Arnold, Dianne Walker, Ted Levy,Barbara Duffy and Savion Glover. His obvious passion for tap, taking people to the next level and his desire to share and give all he knows is what makes him one of the best people to learn from

Winston has a wide knowledge of famous tap dancers and their steps that he performs and passes on to keen tap dancers. His study of the greats, passion for taking people to the next level, the desire to share and give all he knows is what makes him one of the best people to learn from.  He has the unique ability to make individuals and groups of tap dancers look and sound impressive.

 

“He instills confidence and creation…I highly recommend taking Winston’s classes!”

 

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Winston is the Australian Representative for the International Tap Association,

tap columnist for DanceTrain magazine,

writes tap dance articles and presents tap instructionals for Dance Informa magazine,

and is Director of the Australian Tap Dance Festival.


Growing up and committed to studying the art form deeply in his 20’s, Winston took time off his Physiotherapy course to learn tap from masters, flying to the New York City and Los Angeles Tap Festivals.   He spent many nights in New Yorks jazz clubs where he would bring his tap shoes in to jam with other musicians and tap dancers.

Style: Tap dance  that is rhythmically rich, visually dynamic and soulful.

If you’ve EVER done tap before and enjoyed it, this will be tap heaven!  If you haven’t done tap before, you’ll want  to come along to a MelbourneTAPDANCE class and see why we are obsessed tap.  To move and make beats with your feet is a powerful feeling.  An unmatched freedom and way of self expression. Winston brings rhythms and  teachings you won’t find in other dance schools – Come try it!

 

 

RESUME
WINSTON MORRISON – TAPDANCER

PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE

LIVE SHOWS
Corporate Entertainment / Private Functions
Jason Coleman’s Ministry of Dance – Opening Party
St. Regis Hotel Opening (Singapore)
FINA World Swimming Championships (Rod Laver Arena)
Pernod Richard China (Adelaide Convention Centre)
Crown Casino – Dealer of the Year Awards
Immersed Dance Industry Night
Underground Summer
Parisian Rendezvous
Connex End of Year Party – Caulfield Racecourse
Melbourne Central Shoppping Centre – Xmas Entertainment
BMW Edge (Federation Square)
HIA Awards (Crown Palladium)
ICSP Awards (RACV club)
Australian Construction Expo – Komatsu Trucks
UniMelb. Commerce Ball
Queen Victoria Market
Private Functions – e.g. Bahmitzvah’s , Charity events, themed celebrations and birthdays.
FESTIVALS
Wangaratta Jazz Festival
“Australia’s Got Tap!” – Australian Tap Dance Festival
St. Kilda Festival
Clayton Street Festival
Spiegeltent (Melbourne)
Sydney Road Music Festival, Brunswick
New York City Tap Festival on Broadway
Los Angeles Tap Festival at Debbie Allen Dance Academy
“United We’re Strong” (Melbourne International Tap Festival I)
“Precious is Life” (Melbourne International Tap Festival II))
“Tap Down Under” (Melbourne International Tap Festival III)
So You Think You Can Dance Westfield Dance off – Grand Finalist
VnV Boudoir – Fashion Show – Melbourne Fringe Festival
CLUBS
Frankie Mannings Birthday Party – The Toff in Town.
Spiegeltent (Melbourne)
Grumpy’s Green (Melbourne)
The Door  (Hollywood, CA))
Mintons Playhouse (Harlem, New York))
Showmans  (Harlem, New York))
St. Nicks Pub  (Harlem, New York))
Hoxton Bar and Kitchen (London)
Passing Clouds (London)
Rakaju African Drum and Dance Night (Brunswick)
Paris Cat Jazz Club (Melbourne)
TeAyPe @ Revolver Upstairs (Prahran)
TeAyPe @ East Brunswick Club (East Brunswick)
TeAyPe @ The Spanish Club (Fitzroy)
Melbourne Busker’s Launch
THEATRE
A Chorus Line  – Dancer – Whitehorse Musical Theatre
A Chorus Line  – Paul – Glen Waverley S.C
My One & Only – Mr. Magix – Glen Waverley S.C
Starbound I – Dancer & Chorus – Launchpad Drama
An Evening on Broadway –  Dancer & Chorus – Strathcona BGGS
Broadway Fever – Dancer & Chorus – As You Wish Productions
Beauty and the Beast (Pianist and Conductor) – Strathcona BGGS
Little Shop of Horrors  (Pianist and accompanist) – Strathcona BGGS
CHARITY
A Night to Remember – Caulfield Rotary Club
Songroom – Drums on Tap – Melbourne Town Hall
Operation Hope  – AIDS and Natural Disasters
TELEVISION
Studio 3  (ABC3)
Sunday Arts Program (ABC)
Australias Got Talent (Channel 10)
Mornings with Kerri-Anne (Channel 10)
1700  (Channel 31)
Today Show (Channel 9)
9am (Channel 9)
TRAINING
Grant Swift (Melbourne) – Tap Dance
Broadway Dance Centre (New York) – Tap Dance (Jared Grimes, Michelle Dorrance)
Steps School of Dance (New York) – Tap dance (Derrick K Grant, Andrew J Nemr, Barbara Duffy, Kendrick Jones)
Millenium Dance Studios (Los Angeles) – Tap Dance (Greg Poland)
Harlem Tap (New York) – Tap Dance (Dormeshia Sumbry Edwards)
Victorian Dance Academy (Melbourne) – Tap Dance, Jazz, Acrobatics
Masterclasses
International Tap Dance Day (New Jersey) – Savion Glover
Melbourne International Tap Festival – Jason Samuels Smith, Dormeshia Sumbry Edwards, Chloe Arnold, Chris Horsey.
LA Tap Festival – Dianne Walker, Martin Tre Dumas, Sarah Reich, Jason Samuels Smith
New York City Tap Festival – Ayodele Casele, Dormeshia Sumbry Edwards, Jason Samuels Smith
TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Melbourne Tap Dance (CBD and Greater Melbourne)
Grant Swift (Melbourne)
Barbara Lynch School of Dance (Brunswick)
Joanne O Kelly School of Dance (Langwarrin)
Cube 46 (Frankston)
Ambitions Dance (Frankston)
Extreme Dance Factory (Carrum)
Yarra Heights Dance Academy (Kilsyth)
Melbourne International Tap Festival (Melbourne)
Broadway Dance Centre (New York City, New York)
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