Dianne Walker
Tap Dancer
Mattapan, MA
2008 USA Fellow

This award was generously supported by Lynn and Douglas Freeman, on behalf of the Ernest and Irma Rose Foundation.

One of the world’s greatest living tap dancers, Dianne Walker has been called the “Ella Fitzgerald of Tap dance.” Throughout her 30-year career, she has appeared on Broadway, on television, in film, on the international dance circuit, and in jazz clubs. She has mentored many younger dancers, including Savion Glover, and is a pioneer in the resurgence of tap. The elegance of her style earned her the nickname “Lady Di.” Walker appeared in the film Tap with Gregory Hines and Sammy Davis Jr. She was the only woman in the famous “Hoofers Line” in the 1989 Broadway production of Black and Blue. Walker has received several lifetime achievement awards.

Photos courtesy Hayward Photography © 2008 Hayward Photography,

  • Photos by Hayward Photography © 2008 Hayward Photography,