Christopher Horsey - Choreographer and Principal Dancer

I am thrilled to once again be Director Of Choreography for Australia's most prestigious live television event - Woolworths Carols In The Domain. Christmas is such a special and magical time of the year and with each Carols in The Domain, the celebrities and the dancers and productions numbers I create, work in special harmony with the band, thanks to our magical maestro, Graeme Press, and the entire production team to uplift this massive live audience and broadcast viewers.

We leave no stone unturned with movement, choreography, concepts and surprise performers at Carols In The Domain. I consider myself extremely lucky because my job is very unique; I mean, imagine getting to meet Santa every year AND some special VIP's from the wonderful world of Disney, PLUS Australia's biggest names in show business AND the finest up and coming dancers PLUS the enormously talented performers from JBPS (Janice Breen Performance Studio). The magic will be especially significant in 2022 as we not only resume pre-covid conditions but at the same time celebrate a massive 40 years of Carols. The dancers are already warming up and rehearsing their routines to impress another exciting and joyous celebration of Christmas joy.

About Christopher - Director, choreographer and performing arts teacher and performer in theatre, film and TV. Most recently, Chris was choreographer and casting associate on the much lauded psychological drama series Wakefield for the ABC/Jungle Entertainment, choreographed the infamous Lola Montez ‘Spider Dance’ for the TV series New Gold Mountain on SBS and choreographed for Five Bedrooms on Paramount+. Later in 2022, he will write, direct and choreograph the national tour of Lucy Durack’s Rom-Concert for Live Nation.

Chris is a 2019 Green Room Award nominee for most outstanding choreography in a musical for his work on Thoroughly Modern Millie (The Production Company) and a 2017 Australian Dance Award nominee for his direction/choreography of Swing On This (starring Ben Mingay, Luke Kennedy, Matt Lee, Rob Mills and the late, great Michael Falzon). In 2019 he directed Josh Piterman in Concert and remounted his choreography of Mickey’s Christmas Big Band show at Disneyland Paris, employing over a dozen Australian dancers.

Christopher directed/choreographed Christmas Proms with Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and choreographed A Night At The Speakeasy with Sydney Symphony Orchestra at The Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House, staged/choreographed Witches with West Australian Symphony Orchestra, choreographed Godspell for Queensland Conservatorium, The 39 Steps for Queensland Theatre, choreographed for Dance Boss on Network Seven, The InBESTigators for Gristmill, was Casting Associate for Disneyland Paris Entertainment and appeared in the web series Lift.

In 2017, Chris staged/choreographed Praying For Time – A George Michael Tribute with Sydney Symphony Orchestra at The Sydney Opera House, Concert Hall starring Diesel, Sam Sparro and David Campbell. He recreated Jerome Robbins’ choreography on West Side Story for Queensland Conservatorium and also choreographed Witches with Sydney Symphony Orchestra at Concert Hall Opera House starring Lucy Durack, Amanda Harrison, Jemma Rix and Helen Dallimore. He was choreographer for both Adam Garcia’s judges performances on Got To Dance for SKY1/UK, choreographed Mickey’s Big Band Christmas Show for Disneyland Paris and is Director of Choreography for Channel 7’s Carols In The Domain. He has also choreographed several of The Rob Guest Endowment events.

For musical theatre, Chris choreographed High Society and Sugar (Some Like It Hot) for The Production Company, Kiss Me Kate (Opera Queensland), The Detective’s Handbook (Hayes Theatre), Ruthless (Theatre Division), West Side Story and Godspell (Queensland Conservatorium) and Jive Junky’s for the Edinburgh Festival.

As a performer, Chris is best known for his involvement as an original member of both Tap Dogs and Hot Shoe Shuffle. He originated the role of Tip in Hot Shoe Shuffle (Australia, Japan, NZ and Queens Theatre, London). Chris toured with Tap Dogs to 15 cities in North America including 6 months at Union Square Theatre, New York City. A few notable performances during this tour are Quincy Jones – The First Fifty Years alongside Stevie Wonder and multiple appearances on The Jay Leno Show (NBC-TV) and Regis & Kathie-Lee (WABC- TV). He was original cast 42nd St (Helen Montague Productions), Hot Shoe Shuffle (DAE), Chicago (IMG) and Singin’ In The Rain (IMG/DAE) and played the role of Big Deal in IMG/VSO’s production of West Side Story. He also played Andy Lee in 42nd St, Lank Hawkins in Crazy For You and Benny Southstreet in Guys & Dolls for The Production Company, David in Seesaw and King Kaiser in My Favourite Year for Neglected Musicals and Paul in Kiss Me, Kate (Opera Qld).

On film, Chris played Angus in the Fox Searchlight feature film Bootmen and choreographed the Logie Award winning ABC mini series Changi. He choreographed and starred in The Adverntures Of Roman Pilgrim (Moondance Pictures) and designed and choreographed the opening sequence of the 2012 Helpmann Awards (LPA) featuring host Simon Burke. He also choreographed the 2004 Cadbury’s Favourites TVC campaign. He has privately tutored William Zappa for his role in Bootmen (Fox Searchlight Pictures) and Genevieve Lemon for her role in Billy Elliot (West End, London).