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Bill Simpson – Founder & Director

Bill Simpson has become one of the most accomplished and respected tap dance performers in the country. After completing an Associate Degree in Dance at QUT in 2004, Bill danced professionally for several years in Australia and overseas, before founding Red Hot Rhythm in 2007. A passionate tap dancer and choreographer, Bill has performed alongside the world’s best, notably in 2008 as a guest performer (with Red Hot Rhythm) at the Melbourne International Tap Festival, where he performed alongside tap masters Jason Samuels Smith and Chloe Arnold. Bill was also invited to choreograph and perform in Showbiz Christchurch’s professional New Zealand production of Hot Shoe Shuffle, also in 2008.

In addition to a number of national and international performance credits, Bill was invited to perform with Dein Perry’s Tap Dogs in September 2010, and also had the opportunity to meet and learn from world-renown tap dancer, Savion Glover. In 2012, Bill was invited to choreograph and perform the 12-minute solo tap piece, Morton Gould’s ‘Tap Dance Concerto’ alongside the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Johannes Fritzsch. Bill was the writer, producer and principal choreographer of the two highly acclaimed seasons of Red Hot Rhythm’s award-winning debut stage production, ‘Rhythm Junkies’ at the Brisbane Powerhouse. In December 2013, Bill returned to the Brisbane Powerhouse, performing alongside the world-class musical ensemble Topology, and drum-kit genius Grant Collins, in the collaboration entitled ‘THREE’.

Most recently, Bill was the tap choreographer and lead tap performer for both the Australian and North American premiere of Derek Deane’s highly acclaimed ‘Strictly Gershwin’, in 2016 (Queensland Ballet) and 2018 (Tulsa Ballet Company) respectively.

A passionate and experienced tap dance teacher, Bill has helped thousands of people all over the world discover tap dance through his online instructional video course for beginners, ‘Just TAP’.

Contact:
e: bsimpson[at]redhotrhythm.com.au