Arthur Duncan

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Arthur Duncan
Occupation Tap dancer, entertainer

Arthur Duncan is a tap dancer, known for his stint as a performer on The Lawrence Welk Show from 1964 to 1982, which made him the first African-American regular on a variety television program.[1]

Duncan's first experience in show business was at age thirteen. He was a member of a dance quartet that performed at McKinley Junior High School in Pasadena, California.[2]

The 1989 film Tap featured Duncan in a cameo appearance with other famous tap dancers.[3]

In 2004, Duncan was honored at the annual "Tap Extravaganza" in New York City.[1]


  1. ^ a b Seibert, Brian (2004-05-30). "DANCE: THIS WEEK; All the Tap Dancers in New York". The New York Times. Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr. Archived from the original on 11 December 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-09. 
  2. ^ "Arthur Duncan, dancer on Welk show, will be here". Columbus Daily Telegram (Columbus, Nebraska). 1965-07-23. Retrieved 2013-07-16. 
  3. ^ Holden, Stephen (1988-07-06). "The Pop Life". The New York Times. Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr. Retrieved 2007-11-09.