Gregory Hines Stamp

  • Gregory Hines Stamp

    Gregory Hines Stamp

    $11.00

    ISSUED DATE:1/28/2019

    The 42nd stamp in the Black Heritage series honors Gregory Hines (1946–2003), whose unique style of tap dancing injected new artistry and excitement into a traditional American form.

    The stamp features a 1988 photograph by Jack Mitchell that shows a smiling Hines on one knee in a red blazer and gray pants, with one foot raised to show the taps on the bottom of his shoe.

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    Description

    The 42nd stamp in the Black Heritage series honors Gregory Hines (1946–2003), whose unique style of tap dancing injected new artistry and excitement into a traditional American form.

    The stamp features a 1988 photograph by Jack Mitchell that shows a smiling Hines on one knee in a red blazer and gray pants, with one foot raised to show the taps on the bottom of his shoe.

    A versatile performer who danced, acted, and sang on Broadway, on television, and in movies, Hines was known above all for reviving and even revolutionizing tap dancing. By dancing less formally than his elegant, tuxedo-clad predecessors, Hines developed the entertainment traditions of tap into an art form for a younger generation and is credited with renewing interest in tap during the 1990s. Often dancing while hunched over, Hines performed riffs much like a jazz drummer, staggering and breaking up the rhythm, changing the tempo in the middle of a dance, or abruptly altering the emotion or mood. Freely improvising, he made up moves and incorporated elements from other types of dance. With his intense, offbeat style, which he liked to call “improvography,” Hines modernized tap dancing by giving it newly expanded physical and emotional freedoms that would allow it to thrive in the new millennium.

    Additional information

    Issue Year

    2019

    Stamp Type

    Forever 55-cents

    Stamp Shape

    Vertical

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