Magazine article Dance Spirit

Remembering Gregory

Magazine article Dance Spirit

Remembering Gregory

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THE LEGACY OF GREGORY HSNES WAS CELEBRATED AFTER HIS DEATH.

Gregory Nines often referred to the tap community as a private club that only required a pair of shoes for membership. When word spread about his death on August 9,2003, e-mails and Internet posts proclaimed it by simply stating, "We've lost Gregory." But sadness was soon transformed into action, as dancers on the East and West coasts celebrated his life the best way they knew how-with rousing onstage tributes. Those who danced brought the beat alive with their taps. Those who didn't contributed songs, humor and a whole lot of rhythm, reminding audiences that the essence of Hines's life was spreading love through dance.

The August 17 tribute concert at Debbie Alien Danee Academy's L.A. Tap Fest was all the more poignant because Mines had been scheduled to participate. The event showcased tappers Jason Samuels Smith, Chance Taylor, Baakari Wilder, Arthur Duncan, Dianne "Lady Di" Walker, Chester Whitmore, Katherine IIopkins-Nicholas and Fayard Nicholas. Hosted by Leonard Reed, the concert opened with a film clip of !lines and ended with the announcement of a dance scholarship established in Hines's name by actor Denzel Washington.

On September 21, in New York City, Maurice tlines and Phylicia Rashad cohosted a celebrity-studded tribute at Harlem's Apollo Theater. The two !lines brothers began their career on the stage of the 89-year-old theater in the 1950s. "I brought him home," Maurice Hines said, "because this is where we began. …

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