Hank Smith: The Story of Tap | Sorry I Missed Your Show at Gibney
Week of August 5, 2020
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Sorry I Missed Your Show: Hank Smith

Hank Smith tapping on stage.


Between 1998 and 2018, a series of evenings known as “The Story of Tap” were held at Dixon Place. Each night featured conversation with tap dancers and musicians, led by Hank Smith, and focused on personal stories connected to the art of tap dancing. Over the years, guests included The Copasetics, Buster Brown, Michela Marino Lerman, Dianne Walker, Harold Cromer, Marion Coles, Tina Pratt, Jason Samuels Smith, Derick Grant, Ayodele Casel, Michelle Dorrance, Frank Owens and Mable Lee. In this Sorry I Missed Your Show, Hank Smith will talk alongside video clips and dancing about how he came to develop this series.


Hank Smith has done mime, clowning, dance, photography, video and television production. For twenty years he was a Stage Manager on Sesame Street, also functioning as Associate Director, Actor and Choreographer. As a tap dancer and educator, he has participated in the NY Committee to Celebrate National Tap Dance Day’s Tap Extravaganza, the Tradition In Tap Experiences, NY Tap City and NJ Tap Festival. His performance work has also been presented in and around the NYC area. A retired Associate Professor Emeritus at Bloomfield College, New Jersey, he has two blogs and is writing a book about his creative journey. His photography was recently showcased in the exhibit, “Witness to Soul” at Artspace88 in NJ, and can also be seen in the upcoming documentary “Mr. SOUL!”

Photo by Julie Lemberger.

A screening and discussion series, Sorry I Missed Your Show highlights dance works from the recent past to explore their relationship to the dance canon and contemporary practice. All events are free and open to the public.


Gibney 280 Broadway is accessible via elevator from the main entrance at 53A Chambers Street.

We welcome the opportunity to make this event more accessible. Please refrain from wearing scented products, so that people with chemical sensitivities can join us. Please request ASL interpreting, audio description, or open captioning 30 days before the event or submit other requests by completing our Access Requests and Inquiries Form or calling 646.837.6809 (Voice only).

280 Broadway
Gibney Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center
Enter at 53A Chambers Street
New York, NY 10007
646 837 6809

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New York, NY 10003
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