Henry LeTang

Henry LeTang, who choreographed several hit Broadway revues including Black and Blue, and was mentor to several generations of tap dancers, died April 26, 2007, in Las Vegas. He was 91. Harlem-born LeTang, the son of Caribbean-born parents Clarence and Marie LeTang, began dancing at age seven and opened his first New York City studio when he was 17. His earliest pupils included Broadway and film stars Betty Hutton and Clifton Webb. He went on to teach a wide range of entertainers, including Lena Horne, Milton Berle, Bette Midler, Sugar Ray Robinson and Billie Holiday, as well as the famed tap-dancing brothers Gregory and Maurice Hines.

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  • Born: Jun 19, 1915 in New York, NY
  • Death: Apr 26, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada

Awards

Drama Desk Award
1979 Outstanding Choreography Eubie! Nominee
Outer Critics Circle
1981 Outstanding Choreography Sophisticated Ladies Winner
Tony Award
1989 Choreography Black and Blue Winner
1981 Choreography Sophisticated Ladies Nominee
1979 Choreography Eubie! Nominee