National Museum of Dance Collection
National Museum of Dance Collection
National Museum of Dance Collection

Gregory Hines

One of the most compelling and virtuosic performers of the twentieth century, Gregory Hines was an innovative tap artist, actor, singer, and choreographer on both stage and screen. Tap dancing and its deep heritage were the essence of his life and his tremendous body of work as he used his celebrity to preserve, promote, and advance the art form. In 2016, Hines was inducted into the Hall of Fame and an exhibition was created to honor his remarkable fifty-two-year career. Featured artifacts included the portable, microphoned dance floor designed and used by Hines in the 1980s; a traveling trunk that accompanied The Hines Kids, his childhood act with his brother Maurice, on tour in the 1950s; Tony award nomination cards for Eubie! (1978–1979), Comin’ Uptown (1979–1980), and Sophisticated Ladies (1980–1981); and photographs taken by Hines, a gifted photographer in his own right, during the filming of White Nights (1985). At the close of the exhibition, The Gregory Hines Estate donated each one of the objects on display to the Museum on permanent loan.