Brenda Bufalino

Tap Program | Artist Faculty

Creating and performing in many mediums, Brenda Bufalino is a mixed genre artist: author, ceramicist, choreographer, and master tap dancer. She was the creator and director of The American Tap Dance Orchestra, and many of her compositions created for the ATDO have been commissioned by major tap companies, among them: Chicago Tap Theatre: Flying Turtles, Tapestry Dance Company: All Blues Tacit, and Dorrance Dance: Jump Monk. She performs her one-person shows internationally and has appeared as a guest tap dance soloist at Town Hall, Carnegie Hall, The Joyce Theater, and the Kennedy Center. Bufalino’s book of poems Circular Migrations and her memoir Tapping the Source, which is now in its third printing, are both published by Codhill Press, and her novella, Song of the Split Elm, is published by Outskirts Press. She has received several NEA fellowships, The Tap City Hall of Fame Award, the Dance Magazine Award, and the prestigious Bessie Award for Lifetime Achievement.

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