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Gregory Hines - began tapping at three. An avid improvisator of tap steps, tap sounds, and tap rhythms. "He purposely obliterated the tempos, throwing down a cascade of taps like pebbles across the floor. In those moments he aligned tap with the latest free-form experiments in jazz and new music and postmodern dance." Responsible for National Tap Dance Day. Died in 2003 at 57 of liver cancer.

Pictured: Gregory Hines's performance in Sophisticated Ladies (1981), a musical celebration of Duke Ellington, was among his most critically-acclaimed and iconic Broadway roles. (Photograph by Martha Swope.)

If you are "of" (not merely "in") my community of poets, then you know my special connection with legendary tap master Gregory Hines. In fact, my last manuscript of poems about him has been collecting dust because I'm always afraid it doesn't honor him properly. Mr Quadruple Threat helped pave the way for me to be multi-disciplined & he showed the world that sometimes black men "dance" as a means of battle, survival or both. Missing you Big Soles ...

Gregory Hines in White Nights (photos via Dance Magazine Archives) - See more at: www.dancespirit.c...

Gregory Hines - What a smile! Birth Name: Gregory Oliver Hines... Born: 14 February 1946 Died: 9 August 2003..... Country of origin: United States... What an amazing entertainer you were. One of the greatest tap dancers ever. Bet you are still tap dancing for the angels!!! RIP dear Gregory!!!!

Joy...what he brought to many. Gregory Hines

Gregory Hines... loving on his tap shoes. :-)

Gregory Hines. Dance store Danstheater Winkel the Netherlands Roosendaal #dance #fun

Taylor was surprised to see that her favorite Oz man was a tapper. Ray Bolger was incredible.