TO RECEIVE GREGORY HINES HUMANITARIAN AWARD
Tap-Dancing Legend Honored For His Work with Inner City Kids’ Non-Profit
Van Nuys, CA (May, 2008) – Arthur Duncan, referred to by Lawrence Welk as “the man who
has kept tap dancing alive,” will be honored this month by the Gabriella Axelrad Education Foundation with the Gregory
Hines Humanitarian Award. The award will be presented at the Foundation’s “8th Annual Event” held on May
31 at 8 p.m. at UCLA’s Northwest Campus Auditorium.
Duncan, 74, is being honored for his decades as
the industry’s quintessential song and dance man — “the King of Tap” Lawrence Welk called him —
and for breaking racial barriers as the first African-American regular on a variety television program, “The Lawrence
Welk Show,” where he was a featured performer from 1964 to 1982.
Gabriella Axelrad Education Foundation
(www.gabriellaaxelradfoundation.org) is an inner-city non-profit
that has for years provided free, quality dance training to thousands of underserved Los Angeles children through its program,
everybody dance!. Its students have gone on to prestigious schools (Juilliard) and to win prestigious awards in the
dance field (Music Center “Spotlight Award,” among others).
Gregory Hines was a revered member of the Foundation’s
Board. The award was established posthumously in his name. Past recipients of the award have included actor Dule Hill (“Psych,”
“West Wing”) and famed tapper Jason Samuels Smith (“Bring in Da Noise, Bring in Da Funk”).
will dance with everybody dance! students at the May 31 event in a routine he both choreographed and taught them.
Zee, Artistic Director for everybody dance! shares, “Our kids are thrilled and inspired to have a legend such as Duncan
working with them. It’s an experience they wouldn’t have otherwise. Something they’ll always remember.”
alongside Duncan on May 31 will be the Lynn-Soodik-Stephan Wasserman Family with the Founders Award; Yvonne Mounsey, founder
and director of Santa Monica’s “Westside Ballet,” with the Advancement of the Arts Award, and actress/dancer
Jenna Dewan (”Step Up” and “Take the Lead”) with the Limelight Award.
Duncan was also recently
awarded an honorary doctorate degree in Performing Arts in American Dance from Oklahoma State University. He lives in Van
Nuys and grew up in Pasadena.