Hinton Battle

Active - 1987 - 2010  |   Born - Nov 29, 1956 in Neubr├╝cke, Hoppst├Ądten, West Germany  |   Genres - Drama, Musical

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  • Grew up mainly in Washington, DC, and New York after moving several times as a child due to his father's military career.
  • Made his Broadway debut at 16 as the Scarecrow in The Wiz.
  • Won a Tony Award and an Astaire Award for his performance in the Broadway production of The Tap Dance Kid, although he had only taken up tap dancing three years prior.
  • Created a hybrid of dance styles known as swop (swing and hip-hop) that was featured in the film Idlewild (2006), which Battle choreographed.
  • Founded the Hinton Battle Theatre Laboratory, a nonprofit that brings theater performances to ethnically and economically diverse audiences.