CNADM’s 2011 Lifetime & Artistic Achievement Awards


April 2011 Announcement


This summer, The Chicago National Association of Dance Masters will host a very special awards banquet on Thursday, July 21, as tap dancing legend Arthur Duncan will be on hand to accept a Lifetime Achievement Award. He will join the ranks of an elite list of only three individuals who have received this honor in our 100 year history: Gerald Arpino, Maria Tallchief, and Edward Villella. The banquet will be held in conjunction with the Summer Dance Workshops from July 18-25, at the Doubletree Chicago/Oak Brook hotel in Oak Brook, IL.

Arthur Duncan was born to dance. He is often referred to as an Entertainer’s Entertainer as he performed around the world: a quintessential song and dance man, whose performances are a lively collection of sophisticated footwork and wonderful songs. He's performed in concert at both Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. At a time when tap dance was fading from Broadway and Hollywood, Duncan’s charm and talent captivated audiences weekly on the Lawrence Welk Show. He brought the art form to a new medium, allowing American across the nation to experience tap dance in their own homes. Duncan has performed in Las Vegas, in movies (he was a featured personality in the movie “Tap” starring Gregory Hines and Sammy Davis Jr.), and toured with Tommy Tune in the Broadway show “My One and Only.” He joined Bob Hope on several USO tours and even danced a high-spirited tap in a McDonalds commercial. Duncan is also a dedicated mentor and shares his spotlight experiences through lecture demonstrations and master tap classes. He has been honored with the 2004 Flobert Award for Lifetime Achievement of Tap Artistry in New York City, the 2005 Living Treasure in American Dance Award from Oklahoma City University and received an honorary Doctor of Performing Arts in American Dance at OCU, as well.

CNADM is also excited to announce that world-renowned tapper, Brenda Bufalino, will be coming to the Summer Dance Workshops (July 18-25, 2011, Oak Brook, IL) to accept an Artistic Achievement Award. Brenda will also be teaching at Training School and Dance & More. Brenda Bufalino is a mixed genre artist; choreographer and tap dancer, singer, story teller, author, and ceramicist. She has performed her one person shows Internationally and has appeared as a guest soloist at Town Hall, Carnegie Hall, and the Kennedy Center among other major venues.

As artistic director/choreographer of The American Tap Dance Orchestra she toured America and Europe with her company, and appeared on PBS “Great Performances Tap Dance In America with Gregory Hines.” Two of her choreographies for the ATDO, “Buff Loves Basie Blues,” and “Haitian Fight Song,” were awarded American Masterpiece Grants for reconstruction from the National Endowment of The Arts in 2009. Her books “Tapping the Source,” and “Circular Migrations,” are published by Cod Hill Press.