Tucker Tab DeGregory is a musical theatre choreographer and movement consultant based outside of Chicago. His work exists at the crossroads of expressionist and formalist movement and explores complex storytelling through simple physicality. Tucker is currently studying Musical Theatre Choreography at Northwestern University under the mentorship of Billy Siegenfeld and Jeffery Hancock.
Photo by Justin Barbin Photography (Larry in "A Chorus Line")
Raised in St. Petersburg, FL, I began dancing at three years old after seeing Mikhail Baryshnikov perform his touring solo show. I told my parents during intermission, "I wanna be like the dancing man."
I spent the next fifteen years training (in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Hiphop, Modern, African) at Cheryl Lee's Dance Studio, Soulful Arts Dance Academy, Paulette Walker Johnson Performing Arts Center, and FYI Dance Company. I spent weekends competing at regional conventions and summers studying with The Sarasota Ballet and then The Broadway Theatre Project, for which I eventually interned and worked.
In middle school, I was first bitten by the choreography bug when my director approached me about creating the dances for our production of Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr. A decade later, I've been fortunate enough to choreograph a huge variety of full-length musicals, movement advise plays, and stage award-winning solos, duets, and group routines for recitals, cabarets, competitions, and Florida's International Thespian Society festivals.
I was raised by a musician-dad and newspaper human interest writer-mom, so I'm excited about using theatrical dance to combine the two most prominent aspects of my childhood: music and narrative.
I'm inspired by energized collaboration; I'm a strong advocate for making dance accessible and exciting to individuals who are less familiar with it; I adore teaching all ages and abilities; I prefer a shift of the eyes if it speaks louder than a battement; I strive to stage human interactions and experiences: sometimes grandiose spectacles, other times everyday moments; And I firmly believe that choreography should be percussive, purposeful, and passionate.