dianne walker

With the most lovely Aunt Dianne Walker. Posting because it’s International Women’s Month, and she is easily one of mine, and so many other’s personal hero. Dianne is a legendary force. Studying under the tutelage of Leon Collins, the first to break the standard eight-bar pattern, and introduce a new rhythmic style - giving melody to Tap in the way a non percussive instrument does, with his feet.

I initially met her, Jimmy Slyde, Mable Lee, and Buster Brown (three more of my favorites), when I was 13 performing at the Tap Extravaganza honoring Peg Leg Bates in NYC.

Auntie Di is completely responsible for my wholistic view of Tap, both on and off the floor. A pioneer of this art form, that so many of us share and love, breathing new life, and passing traditions. Lady Di, and all her infinite wisdom is truly an honor to know❤️

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Tap dancer and educator Dianne Walker stresses the importance of rhythmic articulation and clarity of sound in a workshop at Jacob’s Pillow. An international performer credited with sparking a resurgence of American tap dance, Walker performed in the film Tap, and danced on Broadway in Black and Blue (1989).