Dancing With Gregory Hines

Explore the history, people, and techniques of tap


The Basics

Good for: 14-18 year olds

Estimated Time: Give yourself some time! There is a lot to see and do.

Key Technology: This interactive contains video, activities, and printables.

Gregory Hines was the total entertainer: a highly acclaimed tap dancer, choreographer, dramatic and comic actor, singer, and director. In this video-based interactive, Hines is your guide through the diverse and exciting history, people, and techniques of tap.

Dancing With Gregory Hines is divided into four sections. When you finish watching the videos in each section, click the activities link to test your knowledge!


Hines explains the history of the art form, including tap's origins, minstrel shows, vaudeville and prohibition, movie musical, and the state of tap today.


What makes tap a compelling form of expression? Explore important factors like family history, influences, the creative process, changing personal styles, and personal expression.


Hines breaks down the tools nedded to be a successful tap artist, from the dance stage and shoes, to discipline and practice. He then demonstrates some basic tap steps you can try!


Hines highlights significant artists who have contributed to the art of tap, and even demonstrates some of their steps, including: Fred Astaire, Bunny Briggs, "King" Rastus Brown, John Bubbles, Honi Coles, The Condos Brothers, John Diamond & "Juba", Arthur Duncan, Savion Glover, Ruby Keeler, Gene Kelly, Baby Lawrence, Ann Miller, The Nicholas Brothers, Eleanor Powell, Leonard Reed, Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, Ginger Rogers, Shirley Temple, and Tommy Tune.

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Editors & Producers

Kenny Neal
Manager, Digital Education Resources

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