International Tap Dance Hall of Fame

 

The International Tap Dance Hall of Fame is the only tap dance hall of fame exclusively focused on tap dancers. It features founding and innovative 20th and 21st century professional tap dancers.With a collection of photographs, biographies, and videos, the Hall of Fame is becoming a colorful and diverse retrospective of America's seminal tap dance personalities.

 

2010 - Maurice Hines began tap dancing at the age of five, at the Henry LeTang Dance Studio in New York City.  LeTang recognized his extraordinary talent and choreographed routines specifically for Maurice and his brother Gregory. The young brothers appeared in the 1954 Broadway musical The Girl in Pink Tights, and toured as the opening act for Lionel Hampton and Gypsy Rose Lee. Following in the footsteps of the Nicholas Brothers, their father Maurice Sr., a drummer, joined the act Hines, Hines and Dad performing to rave reviews worldwide. They also appeared on the television shows The Pearl Bailey Show and Hollywood Palace, and made 35 appearances on The Tonight Show. In 1973, he launched his solo singing and dancing career as Nathan Detroit in the national touring company of Guys and Dolls.  He created a stage sensation as a song and dance man in the hit musical Eubie choreographed by LeTang. In 1981, he co-starred in Bring Back Birdie with Chita Rivera and Donald O'Connor and starred in Sophisticated Ladies. Hines made his screen debut as Clay Williams in Francis Ford Coppola's 1984 film The Cotton Club. In 1986, he conceived, directed, choreographed and starred in the musical Uptown … It's Hot! The show played for 17 sold-out weeks in Atlantic City before moving to Broadway, where Hines received a Tony Award nomination as Best Actor in a Musical. He co-directed and choreographed the national tours of the musicals Satchmo and Harlem Suite, which he also starred in with leading ladies Jennifer Holiday, Stephanie Mills and Melba Moore. The Boston Herald American exclaims “Hines is the consummate showman … There’s a master at work.”


Hines directed and choreographed music videos, including Quincy Jones’ "I'll be Good To You” and was the first African-American to direct The Radio City Spectacular. In 1994-95, Hines starred as Jelly Roll Morton in the 40-city national tour of the musical Jelly's Last Jam.  Internationally, Hines directed and choreographed the musicals Havana Night in Cuba and The Red Shoes in Santo Domingo. He recently created Broadway Soul Jam, inaugurating an entertainment complex in Holland. Mr. Hines is in pre-production for Yo Alice, a new urban hip hop fantasy he conceived and will direct and choreograph. His critically-acclaimed jazz albums Maurice: I've Never Been In Love Before and To Nat 'King' Cole With Love are on the Arbors label. Hines' performances are dedicated to his mother Alma, Susan Weaving, and his manager Stanley Kay.
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