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Famed dancer shares his memories, skills

Hollywood Wrap with George Pennacchio
July 22, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
The legacy of dance was celebrated Wednesday in Pasadena as one of the greats from "The Lawrence Welk Show" shared his skills and memories with the next generation.The Southland's own Arthur Duncan, whose tap dancing routines on "The Lawrence Welk Show" began in 1964, performed Wednesday for children during the Pasadena Museum of History's "Peek at Family History" summer program.

The exhibition explores local history through the experiences of culturally-diverse, multi-generational families who settled in this region in the early 20th century.

Duncan broke the television color line, becoming the first black performer to become a regular on the popular Welk show. The entertainer has just one piece of advice for up and coming artists.

"There are no shortcuts. Sammy Davis told me whenever you can work, work. Even if it is a benefit, practice your craft. Opportunity will knock over the course of your life and the thing is to be ready when it knocks," said Duncan.

Duncan was ready then and he's ready now.

"I don't think I'll ever retire. I'm gonna give that horse a good ride," said Duncan.

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