Matinee Idylls

Gerson Lanza

Hylton Performing Arts Center, Gregory Family Theater


Honduran tap dancer and choreographer Gerson Lanza captivates Hylton Center audiences in his love letter to the American percussive art form of tap, in an afternoon of syncopated rhythms and intricate footwork. For his Matinee Idylls debut, he will be joined by his jazz quintet that features some of the best musicians and percussive dancers on the East Coast. Lanza began training at Wadleigh School for the Performing and Visual Arts and the Harlem School of the Arts. He has completed residencies at Lincoln Center, Jacob’s Pillow, Guggenheim Work and Progress Series, Fall for Dance Festival at New York City Center with New York-based company Music From The Sole, led by Leonardo Sandoval and Gregory Richardson. In his own right he has been featured as Strathmore Amplify Artist and Artist in Residence, featured in Artist at the Center at New York City Center, curated by Ayodele Casel, and headlined the Millennium Stage with his jazz quintet at The Kennedy Center—all while simultaneously working towards a master’s degree in performance studies and dance from the University of Maryland. Whether performing alongside spoken word artists, musicians, other dancers, or in solo performances, Lanza mesmerizes with complex moves that he makes look easy. 

This performance is appropriate for all ages.

Lunch, concert, and dessert reception: $65
Concert and dessert reception only: $40

Sales for the lunch option end at noon the Monday before the performance. Concert tickets may be purchased in person up until the performance time.

Lunch: 12:30 p.m.

Concert: 1:30 p.m.

Performances take place in the Gregory Family Theater. Lunch begins at 12:30 p.m.


Southern Chopped Salad
Chopped romaine, kale, cucumber, carrots, green beans,
radishes, crispy black-eyed peas, white barbecue dressing

Baked Cornflake Chicken Breast
with sriracha honey

Spiral Ham
Spiral brown sugar glazed ham, oven roasted and presented with brown mustard and apricot glaze

Brussel Sprouts, Walnuts, Caramelized Onions

Fall Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese
Butternut squash, sweet potato, nutmeg, thyme, heavy creamy, white cheddar, sharp cheddar

Dessert Selections

Wine by the glass available for purchase

Run Time: performance is 60 minutes, with no intermission.

The program for this performance will be available the week of the event. View digital program.

A limited quantity of free student tickets will be available two Tuesdays prior to the event. Learn more.

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