Hoofer Awards

The annual Hoofer Award recognizes prominent tap artists as leaders in the community

for their unique contribution to the form and for inspiring future generations.


2001 - Tap-dancing actor-singer Gregory Hines, recognized as part of a rich tradition of African-American tap masters, died Aug. 9 of cancer. Mr. Hines, who, with his brother Maurice, appeared as an act for several years (including in the musical Eubie!) before they took separate performance jobs, won the 1992 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for Jelly's Last Jam, for which he was also nominated for a Best Choreography. He played the title character.

His alternately meditative and explosive choreography was seen in the film The Cotton Club, which also featured his brother. In the 1989 film Tap, some of Mr. Hines' tap-dance heroes, including Sammy Davis Jr., Sandman Sims, Harold Nicholas and Jimmy Slyde, appeared in the tribute to tap, a tale of a man who cannot escape the dance tradition. Mr. Hines was nominated for Tonys for Best Actor in a Musical in 1980 and 1981, respectively, for Comin' Uptown and Sophisticated Ladies 1981. He was also nommed in 1979 for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for Eubie!

He took dramatic roles in the films Running Scared, White Nights and Waiting to Exhale. On the TV comedy Will and Grace, he was Will's boss and Grace's lover (and danced a tap routine on one episode). He also starred in The Gregory Hines Show.

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