Gregory Hines


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(b New York, 14 Feb. 1946; d 9 Aug. 2003)

US tap dancer, singer, actor, and director. He started training when he was 3 with Henry LeTang and at 5 made his professional debut with his brother Maurice as The Hines Kids, appearing in nightclubs. He danced in several Broadway musicals, including Sophisticated Ladies (1981) and performed and choreographed the tap sequences for Jelly's Last Jam (1993). His close-to-the-floor rhythm work and his incorporation of Afro-Caribbean moves into tap were credited with re-vitalizing a form which during the 1980s seemed in serious decline.

Subjects: Music Theatre — Dance.

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