Red Hot Rhythm was founded in 2007, and for the 10 years it remained in operation, become a leading presence in the Australian tap dance community.
Based in Brisbane, Australia, Red Hot Rhythm were known for their unique collaborations and lightning fast tap and Irish dance. The troupe performed throughout Australia and internationally, and in 2008, were invited to perform at the Melbourne International Tap Festival. In 2009, the signature ‘Tap VS Irish’ act featured on the nationally televised TV show Australia’s Got Talent, for which the group reached the grand finals, as the top dance and group act.
In 2012, RHR premiered their first stage production, Rhythm Junkies, at the Brisbane Powerhouse to an overwhelmingly positive reception. In 2013, the show returned to the Brisbane Powerhouse for a second season entitled Rhythm Junkies: REVIVED. The show received the 2014 Australian Dance Award for ‘Outstanding Achievement in Commercial Dance or Musical Theatre’.
In the years that followed troupe continued to perform regularly, including numerous performances at the iconic Woodford Folk Festival.
In addition to Red Hot Rhythm’s achievements on stage, the troupe also worked as educators. From 2007 – 2017, RHR offered tap classes for people of all ages and levels of experience. Classes were taught from various halls throughout the North side of Brisbane before shifting to purpose-built headquarters in Kelvin Grove in 2011.
For four years, RHR existed as Queensland’s only education facility specific to tap dance. Hundreds of students – aged 4 to 84 – learned tap dance at Red Hot Rhythm Headquarters (RHRHQ).
In 2015, the land owners sold the building that housed RHRHQ. Soon after it was announced that the building was to be demolished. It was decided that Red Hot Rhythm was not to last forever, and the time had come to close its doors.
“It was a very special time; the RHR team and I feel privileged to have share the love of tap dance with so many wonderful people throughout the years. I am incredibly grateful to all the students, teachers, performers and supporters who were part of the RHR journey.“
– Bill Simpson, Founder & Director