Perry Louis is a Product on his own; it’s almost impossible to “package” him up, as he is an all-round Jazz, Funk and Soul talent with a diverse mix of experience in Dance/Choreography/Teaching, as well as DJing, Promoting, Consulting and Coordinating Dance / Music Events, plus Producing.
Perry’s career started in the early 70’s when he discovered he had a healthy passion for Music and Dance. Growing up in the 60s listening to Ska, Blue Beat, Soul, R&B and Jazz played by his Uncle and Father who had their own little sound system (Victory Sounds), he - like many youngsters of his time - frequented various UK clubs, listening to Soul, JazzFunk, Rare Groove and Jazz. For Perry, the influences of those times became a way of life and a lot more than just a pastime pursuit. He loves all things funky – from art and furniture to clothes and cars. He is the modern day Huggy Bear (as in the 70’s TV show Starsky & Hutch), with a vast collection of original 60’s and 70’s clothes, shoes, jewellery and music to boot.
Having been approached by numerous DJs, Promoters and Agents and after appearing in a number of Dance and Music videos and films, Perry decided that he was going to dedicate his life to his passion and dream to get British Jazz Dance recognised as an Art form. He was made redundant from his job in Advertising and took part-time employment so that he could concentrate on building up a network of Dancers, Musicians, Teachers, Promoters, Agents and DJs around the world who shared his passion of “Keeping the Art of Oldskool Fusion Jazz Dance Alive”. A big term for a big mission!
Throughout the 80’s, Perry received numerous invitations to appear on TV shows, feature in magazines, dance with Jazz Funk bands and take parts in festivals – a diverse list too long to mention. He started to work with leading bands such as JTQ and also had a stint dancing for IDJ, as well as DJs such as Gilles Peterson, Kevin Beadle, Sylvester and Snowboy . Below is a very tiny snapshot of Artists Perry worked, toured and danced with…. The complete list would take up a couple of pages on its own!
Perry has been involved in Jazz Dance development and education in many countries, such as Japan, Finland, Spain, Bulgaria and Canada and never tires of spreading his passion and history for Jazz Dance and Music and the very vibrant scene that goes with it.