Barbara Duffy Faculty Headshot

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Barbara Duffy, hailed as “A riveting performer” (Independent UK, London), amazes audiences around the world with her “highly sophisticated approach to music and ... jazzy, expressionistic moves,” (Chicago Sun Times). According to the late Gregory Hines, “Barbara Duffy is one of the most inventive tappers around.”

Barbara performs regularly as a featured soloist across the United States and overseas, including Germany, U.K., France, Finland, Spain, Israel, Brazil , China, Japan, Holland and Estonia. The Helsinki Sanomat applauded her performance at the Komediateatteri Arena saying, “Barbara Duffy...stood out among the rest and demonstrated how intricate footwork, supported by subtle hip movements...result in a class act.” Barbara’s appearance at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall for the Queens Jubilee caused reviewers to rave “Duffy began with ‘Soldier’s Hymn,’ dancing her own choreography of quiet and unhurried syncopation in conversation with the music’s rumbling rumba ... By the end, ... we were her slaves,”(Independent UK, London).

Barbara was a featured dancer, actress and choreographer on the CBS sitcom “The Gregory Hines Show.” Some of her other television appearances include the 1997, “Gala For The President”, Ford Theater, Washington D. C. (ABC), where she was honored to perform with Gregory Hines before President and Mrs. Bill Clinton, "Sesame Street"(PBS), with Savion Glover, Jimmy Slyde and Buster Brown and "Great Performances - Tap Dance in America" (PBS), with Brenda Bufalino’s American Tap Dance Orchestra. Barbara's greatest inspirations are Brenda Bufalino, the late Leon Collins and the late Gregory Hines, and she also received the “Rhythm World Award” for preserving and passing on the legacy of Leon Collins.

Check out Barbara's web site.