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Encouraged by Gregory Hines to create a women’s tap company, Barbara Duffy started working with some of her best friends and fellow tappers, Lynn Schwab, Cintia Chamecki and Pia Neises in the year 2000. Since then, the company has grown and now includes Michelle Dorrance, Chikako Iwahori, Karida Griffith, Maya Jenkins, Carson Murphy, Claudia Rahardjanoto and Lisa La Touche.
Barbara Duffy & Company has performed at Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, Tap City 2001-2009 (Duke Theatre, NYC, the Joyce Theatre, NYC, Symphony Space, NYC), Studio 54 in a tribute to Gregory Hines, the Tanz Haus Theatre, (Dusseldorf, Germany), the Jepson Theatre at the University of Richmond, Center Stage Theatre, (NYC), Joe’s Pub, (NYC), Tap City Downtown, Battery Park, (NYC) and the Judson Memorial Church, (NYC). Barbara Duffy & Company also performed at the prestigious Jacob’s Pillow, (Becket, MA).
Barbara Duffy & Company’s full-length theatrical concert, Stages, directed by Tony Stevens, debuted at the Regent Theatre (Arlington, MA) in October 2007 to an enthusiastic audience. Barbara Duffy & Company are also featured performers in Tony Waag’s Tap City on Tour which is currently touring the U.S.
A Full Length Concert
As one of the few all women tap companies touring today, Barbara Duffy & Company has created Stages not only as a vehicle to do what they do best, but also to find new forms of expression and ways to connect to a broader audience through tap dance. Under the direction of Barbara Duffy and Tony Stevens, this multi-cultural company incorporates song, dance, dialogue, choreography and improvisation into an evening of high energy entertainment leaving no doubt that women can "hit." With emotionally driven choreography, stylistic variety and the performers' keen sensitivity to expression, Stages touches upon issues to which everyone can relate such as love, friendship, self-doubt and the courage to express one's true identity. It pays tribute to the masters who have shaped the art form, provides a unique perspective on its future, and celebrates life through the universal power of rhythm.
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