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Tap dance artist Dianne Walker to perform, speak at MIT April 2
Cambridge, MA -- Mar 18, 2005 -- Tap dance artist Dianne Walker to perform, speak at MIT April 2 Dianne Walker For Immediate Release: March 18, 2005 Contact: Mary Haller Director of Arts Communication MIT Office of the Arts 20 Ames St., Rm E15-205 Cambridge, MA 02139 e-mail haller@media.mit.edu 617-253-4006 Cambridge, MA... Dianne Walker, one of the few internationally recognized women in the field of tap dance, will present a performance and interview lecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Saturday, April 2 at 11 a.m. in Kresge Auditorium (48 Massachusetts Ave). Associate Professor Thomas DeFrantz, also a tap dancer and choreographer, will conduct the interview. A reception will follow. Artist-in-residence at MIT from March 1-April 2, Walker is teaching and creating movement with the MIT Dance Theater Ensemble. For over 25 years, as a pioneer in the resurgence of tap, Walker’s career has taken her to Broadway, television, theater, numerous universities and jazz performance venues throughout the world. Known to her mentors and peers as “Lady Di” for her personal style and elegance as a performer, Walker is also celebrated for her eloquent and passionate commitment to the art of tap dance. She was a featured dancer in the movie "Tap" with Gregory Hines and in the original Paris production of “Black and Blue.” She has had the honor of being the only female dancer in the prestigious “Hoofers Line” with Lon Chaney, Jimmy Slyde, Chuck Green and Bunny Briggs. In 1996 Walker represented the United States as an adjudicator for the world Tap Dance Championships in Dresden, Germany. In Boston, 1997, she received the "Tapestry Award" for excellence in teaching. In 1998, she became the youngest dancer and first woman to receive the Living Treasure in American Dance Award from Oklahoma City University. In St. Louis 2000, she received the Savion Glover Award for "Keeping the Beat Alive." On May 25, 2003, she received the Flo-Bert Award for Lifetime Achievement, presented by the New York Committee To Celebrate National Tap Dance Day. In 2004, Walker received the Hoofers Award from Tap City New York City and in Los Angeles, she received an award in memory of Gregory Hines. Also in 2004, Jason Samuels Smith of the Debbie Allen Dance Academy presented her with the Humanitarian Award. Walker currently lives in Boston and was appointed by the governor to a seat on the Board of the Massachusetts Cultural Council. She continues her work as a performer, master teacher and dance educator/consultant and recently completed a tour with Savion Glover and Jimmy Slyde. The event is co-sponsored by the MIT Office of the Arts, MIT Program in Women's Studies, and the MIT Music and Theater Arts Section. For more information, call 617-253-2341. --end--