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Jan. 11, 2010

Hancher presents 'Thank You, Gregory: A Tribute to the Legends of Tap'

The spirit of the late Gregory Hines and a host of other legendary tap dancers is the inspiration for "Thank You, Gregory: A Tribute to the Legends of Tap." The University of Iowa's Hancher Auditorium will present the show on Saturday, Jan. 23 at 7:30 p.m. The performance will be held in City High School's Opstad Auditorium.

Featuring tappers Joseph Webb and Chloe Arnold as well as six other sensational young hoofers, "Thank You, Gregory" pays homage to Hines and all the heroes of the art form including Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, the Nicholas Brothers, Charles "Honi" Coles, Brenda Bufalino, and many others. In addition to brilliant live dancing, the performance also includes video montages saluting the tappers of the past.

Webb is an award-winning actor, dancer, and poet whose performances include the Tony Award-winning Broadway production "Bring in 'Da Noise Bring in 'Da Funk" with noted tap dancer Savion Glover. Following his Broadway success, Webb appeared in the Martin Scorsese film "Bringing Out The Dead" as well as numerous print and television ads. His television appearances include performances on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" and "The Oprah Winfrey Show."

Arnold, a protégé of Debbie Allen, choreographed the opening number for the 2008 Jerry Lewis/MDA telethon. She participated in the hit show "Imagine Tap," Outkast's feature movie "Idlewild," Beyoncé's "Upgrade You" video as the singer's dance double, Sean Paul's music video for the movie "Step Up," and in tapper Jason Samuels Smith's "A.C.G.I." She is currently co-director of the Los Angeles Tap Festival.

The performance is supported by the Hancher partners and gifts to Hancher Circle through the UI Foundation.

Tickets are $40/35; UI student $36/10; senior citizen $36/31.50; youth $20/17.50.

The Hancher Box Office, now located on the first floor of the south end of the Old Capitol Mall near the parking ramp, is open for phone, 319-335-1160 or 800-HANCHER, or walk-up business from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays. Tickets may be ordered online at http://www.hancher.uiowa.edu. Any remaining tickets will be available for sale one hour before show time at City High.

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Rob Cline, Hancher Auditorium, 319-335-3827, rob-cline@uiowa.edu; Steve Parrott, University Relations, 319-384-0037, steven-parrott@uiowa.edu