jakub | June 10, 2024

Hinton Battle ‘Day of Dance’ Held at Open Jar Studios June 10


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Hinton Battle ‘Day of Dance' Held at Open Jar Studios June 10

Black Broadway Men will offer free dance classes and a panel discussion in association with Black Theatre Coalition and La Pope, Inc.


Hinton Battle in The Tap Dance Kid
Martha Swope

The late Hinton Battle is being honored with a free full day of dance, held at Open Jar Studios June 10. The “Day of Dance” offers classes inspired by Hinton's career—ranging from ballet, tap, jazz, and men's hip-hop—and a panel discussion on Battle's legacy featuring his family, friends, and colleagues. The day runs from 10 AM to 6:30 PM.

Instructors include Robert Battle, leading a 10 AM ballet class; Tracy Inman, teaching Horton at 11:45 AM; Edgar Godineaux, with a men's hop-hop and jazz class at 1:30 PM; Lloyd Culbreath, teaching some Fosse moves at 3:15 PM; and John Manzari, teaching tap at 5 PM.

Classes are free of charge, and admission is granted on a first-come, first-serve basis upon sign-up, which closed June 1.

Three-time Tony-winning dancer, actor, and choreographer Hinton Battle passed away January 29 after a brief illness. He was 67. At the age of 18, Battle made his Broadway debut as the original Scarecrow in The Wiz, receiving momentous acclaim for his energetically-athletic dance style. He would later go on to work with some of the most influential choreographers in the industry, including Bob Fosse in the original production of Dancin' and Michael Bennett in the original production of Dreamgirls.

Battle received an impressive three Tony Awards for originating three vastly varied roles: in Sophisticated Ladies, The Tap Dance Kid, and Miss Saigon. He won Best Featured Actor in a Musical for all three roles, making him the most-awarded actor in the category's history.

Read Battle's full Playbill obituary here.

Visit DayofDanceNY.com.





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