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Nicholas Van Young

New York, NY

Nicholas Van Young (Asscociate Artistic Director) is a dancer, musician, choreographer, and a 2014 Bessie Award recipient. He began his professional career at age 16 under Acia Gray and Deidre Strand with Tapestry Dance Company in Austin, TX, eventually rising to principal dancer and resident choreographer. Since moving to New York, he has performed with Manhattan Tap, RumbaTap, Dorrance Dance, “Beat the Donkey,” has toured as a drummer for Darwin Deez, and spent almost a decade performing with STOMP, where he performed the lead role and acted as rehearsal director. Nicholas tours both nationally and internationally teaching and performing at various Tap Festivals, and founded Sound Movement dance company and IFTRA, Institute for The Rhythmic Arts. He is thrilled to have found a home with Dorrance Dance, co-creating and developing ETM: Double Down, the Guggenheim Rotunda Project, and most recently Elemental at BAM. All collaborative efforts with Michelle Dorrance. 

Thank You Forrest

This is a piece I choreographed in 2014. Consequently I won a Bessie award for Sound Design later that year for this piece. It incorporates electronic music production with acoustic Tap Dance and Body Percussion. This is the second piece I developed using this instrumentation that has been in a state of constant evolution. I also have created a series of solos along with a large scale collaboration with Michelle Dorrance and Dorrance Dance entitled ETM.

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Improvised Tap Solo

This is an improvised tap dance solo, in the most traditional setting for tap dance. A small jazz ensemble and a solo tap dancer. Improvisation is an essential part of a tap dancers training and practice, being directly related to American jazz heritage.

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