Gavin Lee originated the role of Bert in both the West End and Broadway productions of Mary Poppins where he received numerous awards and nominations. He has recently returned from London where he performed the lead role in the Olivier award winning musical Top Hat based on the 1930's Fred Astaire movie.
Throughout his performing career Gavin has been lucky enough to work with and assist many prominent choreographers including Susan Stroman (three times!), Matthew Bourne and Peter Darling. Gavin's choreographic work includes The Time Of My Life for Sir Cameron Mackintosh at the Bristol Old Vic. and Whenever for Sir Alan Ayckbourn at his theatre in Scarborough. Gavin was involved with the Lost Musical series at Her Majesty's theatre, choreographing the two Cole Porter shows Jubilee! and DuBarry Was A Lady.
On film, Gavin was the assistant choreographer for the Masquerade number in Phantom of the Opera -which involved 180 dancers. On TV, he choreographed The Magic Seed for the BBC.
One of Gavin's favourite jobs was when he was asked to choreograph a private concert for HRH The Queen and the entire Royal family at St. James Palace. This was only topped when he later got to tap dance on the roof of Buckingham Palace for a BBC TV special! He has choreographed musicals including Good News!, Into the Woods, Smile!, and Hot Mikado and has taught masterclasses for all the main performing arts colleges in and around London.
Gavin's choreographic style is usually very sharp, precise and dynamic. Because of his many years performing tap dancing, his theater choreography is also very rhythmic. He always wants his classes to be fun and performance based. His aim is that you will finish the class feeling that you have learnt, polished, and fully performed a routine.