Barbara Duffy’s performance highlights include “The Gregory Hines Show”, where she was a featured dancer, actress and choreographer, “Gala for The President”, performing with Gregory Hines before President and Mrs. Bill Clinton and as dance captain and featured dancer in Brenda Bufalino’s American Tap Dance Orchestra. Barbara performs as a featured soloist across the United States and overseas, including London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, where she was hailed as “a riveting performer” by the Independent. Her all women ensemble, Barbara Duffy & Company has performed at the Duke Theatre, NYC, the Joyce Theater, NYC, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, NYC, the University of Richmond, the Tanz Haus Theatre in Dusseldorf, Germany, Jacob’s Pillow and with Tony Waag’s Tap City on Tour.
In August, 2008, Barbara received the “Rhythm World Award” for preserving and passing on the legacy of Leon Collins. She was also the recipient of the American Tap Dance Foundation’s prestigious “Hoofer Award” in July, 2013 and National Tap Day Committee’s “FloBert Award” in May, 2015. She holds a BA in Performing Arts.
A highly sought after teacher, Barbara has taught at numerous workshops and festivals in 20 countries, has been on the faculty of Steps on Broadway and Broadway Dance Center in NYC and since 2014 has been a faculty member of the American Tap Dance Foundation’s Tap Teacher Training program.
Most recently, Barbara was featured as a dancer and actor in the short film, “When Snow Falls”, directed and choreographed by Anthony Morigerato, co-starring Ted Louis Levy. The film has won the 2021 New York International Film Award for Best Musical and Best Director for a short film. It has also won an honorable mention for Musical/Dance Film from the 2021 Los Angeles Film Awards.
Barbara’s book, “Tap into Improv, A Guide to Tap Dance Improvisation” is available on Amazon.com. Her greatest inspirations are Brenda Bufalino, the late Leon Collins and the late Gregory Hines.