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Michelle Dorrance

New York, NY            

Dorrance Dance aims to honor tap dance’s uniquely beautiful history in a new, dynamic, and compelling context. Tap dance, America’s longest-standing jazz vernacular, is here to receive it’s due. The form of the tradition is not stripped, but instead pushed rhythmically, aesthetically, and conceptually. Dorrance Dance’s inaugural performance garnered a Bessie Award for “blasting open our notions of tap.” The company has performed at Danspace Project, The Kennedy Center, The Yard, Symphony Space, Jacob’s Pillow, The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, The Barcelona Tap Festival, The D.C. Tap Festival, The North Carolina Rhythm Tap Festival, The Soul to Sole Festival, and Beantown Tap Festival’s On Tap!, all to rave reviews.

MICHELLE DORRANCE (Artistic Director, Choreographer, and Dancer), founder and Artistic Director of Dorrance Dance, is lauded as “one of the most imaginative tap choreographers working today” (Brian Seibert, The New Yorker). Dorrance received the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award in 2013. Additional awards include 2012 Princess Grace Award Winner, 2012 Rockefeller Foundation & Mertz Gilmore sponsored Field Dance Fund Recipient, and 2011 Bessie Award Winner. Dorrance performs, teaches, and choreographs throughout the world. Mentored by Gene Medler, Dorrance grew up performing with the North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble and has since performed with STOMPManhattan Tap, Savion Glover’s company Ti Dii, JazzTap Ensemble, Barbara Duffy & Company, Rumba Tap, Derick K. Grant’s Imagine Tap! and Jason Samuels Smith’s Chasing the Bird, to rave reviews. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study and teaches on faculty at Broadway Dance Center.

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Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award Video – Michelle Dorrance

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Michelle Dorrance Choreography

Excerpt from Danspace Project, 2011

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