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Taste Makers

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December 24, 1989 | LEWIS SEGAL
As his star rose in the '80s, this consistently innovative and remarkably humane actor-dancer (now 43) became a symbol of the Tap Revival, one of the decade's happiest cultural reclamation projects. Hines' style of tap, however, was disarmingly earthy, streetwise, personal and distinctly of the moment--without the painted smiles, oily audience courting and facile virtuosity that had placed tap specialists on the Endangered Species list. Indeed, in the audition scene of "Tap" (the movie)
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