Thomas Maupin is the world’s best at a very specific type of dance. (WSMV)
EAGLEVILLE, TN (WSMV) –
A 79-year-old dancer from just outside of Murfreesboro has received the nation’s highest honor for his talent.
The National Heritage Award honors artistic performers outside of the spotlight. Traditional buck dancing falls into that category.
Since the time he was a boy, Thomas Maupin always knew how to keep the dust off his shoes.
The quiet town of Eagleville never had a star, until now.
“Never dreamed of dancing right here as a little boy in Eagleville on the streets that it would ever come to anything like this,” Maupin said.
His toe-and-heel rhythm and style caught the attention of the National Heritage Foundation. They honored his lifelong commitment to the uniquely American buck dance.
“It’s not about making noise, it’s about making music with the music,” Maupin said.
In the world of buck dancing, Maupin is the Fred Astaire. He’s a modest man from modest town, and he’s still in shock.
“So after crying a little bit, I could hardly believe it. I guess it’s true,” Maupin said.
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