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‘Kew Dancing Man’ passes away

Posted by: Michael James | 1 June, 2012 - 10:44 AM
Kew Dancing Man

Eastern Suburbs icon Robin Madden, better known as ‘The Kew Dancing Man’, has sadly passed away.

Robin, who could regularly be seen grooving on a corner of the Kew Junction, became a local legend with his high kicks, big hand waves and eccentric dancing techniques.

‘The Kew Dancing Man’ would regularly take up his spot on the corner where passers-by would toot and wave in support of the lovable local, cheering up many a red-light wait.

Robin told the Herald Sun in 2007 that he danced because ‘it makes me happy’

‘People blow their horns at me and the coppers put their sirens on for me. They know me pretty well around here - I've been in Kew all my life’ Robin said.

Prague House in Cotham Road, where Robin lived for almost 10 years, say Robin passed away on Saturday at the age 67 after a battle with cancer.

He will be missed.

You can leave your tributes to Robin below.

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  • The dancing man was a icon and always made our day brighter when stuck in traffic or running late... I'm sure he is dancing his way too them pearly gates... Rip buddy

    Bus driver Tuesday 5 June, 2012 - 9:35 AM
  • Left the area over 20 years ago but carry fond memories of our chats on the tram and bus and your days as the bike man. Your gentle nature and zest for life was an inspiration. Rest in peace Robin, you made the world a better place.

    Lee Tuesday 5 June, 2012 - 7:07 AM
  • I think the pub should rename itself THE DANCING MAN

    Kimberley Clemens Monday 4 June, 2012 - 4:24 PM
  • How about a neon dancing man above the pub at Kew junction as a lasting tribute to Robin. It would become folklore just like the skipping girl and a great story for the ages

    Paul Stevens Monday 4 June, 2012 - 11:57 AM
  • Our neighborhood will never be the same without you Robin. Thanks for the lovely happy memories. This world really needs more people like you in it and it is amazing the impact you have had on many peoples lives by simply smiling and dancing. I'll continue to 'toot'.... Thankyou!

    Harley Sunday 3 June, 2012 - 11:37 PM
  • RIP Robin. Seeing you dance always brought a smile. Getting to know you and the joy dancing brought you will not be forgotten. There should be more like you in this world.

    A commemorative statue is definately in order.

    Bex Sunday 3 June, 2012 - 8:43 PM

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