Worthing man taps onto television

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AN EAST Worthing man has tap danced his way onto television with his impressive moves.

Lee Payne, 35, is appearing on Sky1’s Got to Dance talent show.

Professional tap dancer, or hoofer, Lee spent 10 years dancing all over the world in Riverdance.

The dad-of-two said: “I gave it all up have a more settled life with my daughters, and to build my own dance and performance company. When I saw the advert for Got to Dance, I thought why not, so applied and did two auditions.”

Lee describes hoofing as “not as uptight as traditional tap”.

“It’s more improvised, heavy and rhythmical,” he said. “I’ve been doing it for 31 years now, since I was four and I saw the Nicholas brothers dancing on TV – I told my dad that’s what I wanted to do.”

Lee is well known in the tap world and, as well as Riverdance, has appeared in shows like Magic of the Dance and Singing in the Rain. He has also appeared in music videos for Gabrielle and produced and directed his own show called ‘Percussive Feet’, which he took to Brighton and Manchester.

As well as running his company, Bruckfeet Productions, Lee spends a lot of his time busking in Montague Street.

His first appearance on Got to Dance was aired on Sunday evening, which showed him get through to the judges’ shortlist.

The shortlist will then be whittled down to the semi-finalist contestants.

Lee said: “I hope to impress the judges with my next routine, which will be loosely choreographed but still have a lot of improvisation.

“Getting feedback from the judges and the public has been amazing – it’s great to know people like what you’re doing.”

Lee has particularly impressed Hollywood star Adam Garcia, one of the judges, who is a tap dancer himself.