Dance Council of North Texas Honors Tap Legend Gene Pflug
June 2011 Announcement
The Dance Council of North Texas will award five outstanding Texans for professional and service achievements in dance. This year's Texas Tap Legend -- Gene Pflug
Gene Pflug is best known as a tap dancer extraordinaire. A Dallas native, Gene began performing professionally in night clubs at age 14 before moving to Hollywood where he danced in movie musicals. He holds a B. S. in education and drama at North Texas State College (now U.N.T.) where he had a four-year scholarship. From 1951 – 1953, Gene performed in major military shows and was named the Outstanding Entertainer at Ft. Meade. Following his stint in the service, Gene toured in USO shows and went on to perform in 33 Dallas Summer Musicals. His television credits include being a regular on the Eddie Cantor Comedy Theatre. A chance meeting with Livy Crutchfield, who owned three Dallas area Gingham Girls Studios, changed his life. For 12 years and taught tap at her studios, then musical comedy and advanced tap at the Calico Kids, Inc. in Garland for over 25 years. During these years, his students and productions received 110 gold medals. The 2000 Olympics found him in Australia where he staged exhibition numbers for the Olympic Park and in Sydney. Gene was the tap instructor for Stars for Tomorrow for 5 years. He also created dances for the 1999 and 2000 DCNT’s National Tap Dance Day grand finales and received an award from the Tap Dance committee for his creative excellence.