A B O U T
Christopher Horsey is an actor, vocalist, dancer, director, choreographer and presenter on stage, screen and radio.
Chris has recently completed choreography for Channel 7's Dance Boss and is in pre-production for A Night At The Speakeasy with Sydney Symphony Orchestra to be performed at Sydney Opera House, Concert Hall. Earlier this year he directed and choreographed Swing On This with SSO also at the Opera House Concert Hall, choreographed Godspell for Qld Conservatorium, provided dance direction for The 39 Steps for Queensland Theatre and appeared in a web series Lift (written by and starring his wife Lucy Durack) and on behalf of Disneyland Paris, Chris cast 14 Australian dancers to perform in Mickey's Big Band Christmas Show.
Last year Chris choreographed Mickey's Big Band Christmas Show for Paris DISNEYLAND and choreographed Sydney Symphony Orchestra's George Michael tribute concert series Praying For Time, starring Diesel, David Campbell and Sam Sparro. His production of West Side Story for Queensland Conservatorium opened in late July and he was an Australian Dance Award nominee for his direction/choreography of Swing On This, starring Michael Falzon, Luke Kennedy, Rob Mills and Ben Mingay, which performed at QPAC and Perth Concert Hall with WASO.
In 2016, Chris choreographed and was Resident Director on Kiss Me, Kate for Opera Queensland and toured Australia as choreographer for the launch events of the new Eternity Strand by Paspaley. In September (2016) he created, produced and choreographed three mini-shows for the grand opening of The Riverside Room at Perth Crown and earlier that year, appeared in and choreographed the new Australian musical The Detective's Handbook at The Hayes Theatre in Sydney. In June ('16) he directed and choreographed Swing On This at The Theatre Royal, Sydney. At the Sydney Opera House in July ('16), he choreographed Witches starring Lucy Durack, Jemma Rix, Helen Dallimore and Amanda Harrison and maintains his position as supervising producer/associate director/choreographer on the very successful Human Nature franchise Soul Mates.
In 2015, Chris (along with The Tap Pack) opened the Adelaide Cabaret Festival Gala with Barry Humphries and Meow Meow and performed in The Tap Pack's 2 sold out shows, prompting the following review, "...but I think I preferred the stripped back moments: .... the scene where one of the Pack (Horsey) taps out beats and time signatures to entice the band to join in was a clever mix of music and dance and great theatre" - Michael Coglan (theclothesline.com.au). On television, Chris' plays the hero role in the 2015 Toyota Camry advertising campaign.
He performed with The Tap Pack, touring Australia and the high seas in 2015 - a show the Herald Sun descibed as 'Exhilarating' and returned to the 7th annual Rob Guest Endowment as choreographer, this time at Sydney's Lyric Theatre. He directed and choreographed the sell out Arts Centre Gold Coast performance of Swing On This and also revisited the Monkey Baa Theatre Co to choreograph the return season of their very popular musical version of the Tim Winton novel - The Bugalugs Bum Thief.
In 2014, Christopher choreographed the 6th annual Rob Guest Endowment at Sydney's The Capitol Theatre. He was Associate Director and Choreographer of Soulfood's performance 'Iconic A Cappella' at the Sydney Opera House. In mid 2014, Chris appeared as 'Marty' in the sellout season of The Tap Pack at The Hayes Theatre and starred as Benny Southstreet in Guys & Dolls (directed by Gail Edwards) for The Production Company in Melbourne. He choreographed and was Resident Director on Ruthless! for The Theatre Division's inaugral production at The Seymour Centre, starring Katrina Retallick and Geraldine Turner. He provided movement for Elise McCann's highly successful cabaret Everybody Loves Lucy (Luckiest Productions, Hayes Theatre Co) and was the associate director and choreographer of the world premiere of Swing On This, starring Michael Falzon, Luke Kennedy, Matt Lee & Ben Mingay at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Festival Theatre.
In early 2014, he played ‘Rooster’ in the Packemin Production of Annie at Parramatta Riverside, conceived & choreographed major corporate entertainment for Ramsay Healthcare’s Golden Jubilee celebrations at Sydney Town Hall and provided movement for and guest starred with his wife, Lucy Durack, at the South Perth Fiesta Concert, 20 Year Anniversary.
Chris created the opening sequence of the Helpmann Awards in 2012, featuring Simon Burke, Genevieve Lemon, Peter Carroll and Trevor Ashley at the Sydney Opera House (broadcast live on Stvdio Channel) and starred in the new Australian musical, Joanna Weinberg’s Every Single Saturday at Glen St Theatre and played Dr Knight in (and choreographed) Lifeforce, by the same author; the show picking up a Fringe Favourite award at Sydney Fringe.
In September 2011, he created and choreographed a brand new tap performance, Soundz Extraordinary commissioned by Northern Tap Company, Yorkshire UK. Stepping easily between the roles of actor in one production to choreographer in another is an essential skill that benefits each different project for Chris. These multiple skills were developed during the early 90’s - originating the role of 'Tip' in the Olivier Award winning original Hot Shoe Shuffle and; working with Dein Perry as a founding member, to develop a brand of dance Tap Dogs on which his recommendation to use Blundstones as tap shoes, is now iconic. These productions were major international successes, they both changed the dance landscape for the genre and they both included Christopher at their beginnings.
Of his performance in Hot Shoe Shuffle, London Time Out Magazine (March 1994) wrote, 'This is flash tap, in contrast to the extraordinary rubbery 'eccentric' tap of Christopher Horsey who looks as though he doesn't have a bone in his body'; 'Tap Dogs features some inspired stunt work - in particular, a nifty routine by a snappy young tapper, Christopher Horsey, as he is suspended upside down, 20 feet in the air - ' New York Times, August, 1997.
Original cast member of Helen Montague's production of 42nd St (directed by Mark Bramble and choreographed by Randy Skinner), Chris also played 'Harry/The Jury' in Chicago – The Musical, working one on one with Broadway legends Anne Reinking and Walter Bobbie. He played 'Sid Phillips' in Singin’ In The Rain (DAE) and in the 1996 revival played 'Big Deal' in West Side Story (VSO). Chris returned to 42nd St playing 'Andy Lee' and 'Lank Hawkins' in Crazy For You, both for The Production Company. It is for T.P.C. that he choreographed High Society and the irresistible humour of Mitchel Butel and Matt Hetherington in Sugar (based on the film Some Like It Hot). theatrepeople.com cited, ‘Choreography is a highlight of the show….. TPC should immediately sign up Christopher Horsey to choreograph again next year’.
In addition to his work with such companies as The Production Company in Melbourne, Chris has featured in the Neglected Musicals series at the Darlinghurst Theatre/Hayes Theatre starring in Girl Crazy, Seesaw, My Favourite Year, Nick & Nora, Lucky Stiff and She Loves Me.
Chris has worked across a broad range of projects in Australia, NZ, Japan, North America and UK. In 2005, he was commissioned by Julian Stoneman and Ian Osbourne to develop a tap dance vehicle for Adam Garcia which lead to the December ’05 showing at Sadlers Wells Theatre studio and featured for 2 consecutive years in Adams’ judges performance on the high rating SKY1/UK television show Got To Dance. Chris also privately tutored Genevieve Lemon for her West End role 'Mrs Wilkinson' in Billy Elliot and William Zappa for his role 'Walter' in the Fox Searchlight feature film Bootmen in which Chris played the featured role of 'Angus'.
Including multiple performances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (NBC) and Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee (WABC-TV), Chris has worked in television on both sides of the camera. A highlight was in 1997 performing alongside Stevie Wonder in the opening number, We Are The World in Quincy Jones – The First Fifty Years, for Jeff Margolis Productions (Los Angeles). In the early days as Assistant Dance Co-ordinator on Star Search (Network Ten) and more recently choreographing a Cadbury’s Favourites TV commercial and the Logie Award winning ABC mini series Changi as well as both starring in and choreographing the epic short film The Adventures Of Roman Pilgrim for Moondance Pictures, Chris has developed a good eye for ‘dance on film’, a separate skill to choreography for stage.
His 2011 Got To Dance piece (starring Adam Garcia) has 260k hits on YouTube and can be seen on the Motion Reel page.
In 2009, Chris won the Peoples Choice Award for his entry in the Short Sweet & Dance Festival, a 10 minute short play (based on the characters from Seinfeld) using tap dance as the language, ‘3 Hit’s & A Miss’. And in 1997, during his tenure as '2IC' cast member of Tap Dogs, the show won a Village Voice OBIE Award (Union Square Theatre, NYC).
His most life changing moment - At 12 years old, Christopher was the winner of the Fred Astaire International Tap & Jazz Championship, Waldorf Astoria, New York City, 1984.