Beyond the Stage: History of Tap with Michelle Dorrance

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Dance, Tap | Friday, May 13, 2016 | 7:30 PM | $Free

Beyond the Stage: History of Tap with Michelle Dorrance

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MacArthur Genius Grant Award Winner, Michelle Dorrance will lead a lecture-demonstration on the truly American and multi-cultural origins of tap, from its impact on jazz music to its influence on popular culture. At the heart of this history are the incredible stories of the art form’s true legends and innovators, master hoofers and stylists who remain unknown to the masses. Tap dance, America’s most long-standing indigenous jazz vernacular, is here to receive its due.

This event will be followed by a meet the artist reception with Michelle Dorrance.


Michelle Dorrance, founder and artistic director of Dorrance Dance, is one of the most sought after tap dancers of her generation and “one of the most imaginative tap choreographers working today” (The New Yorker). A 2015 MacArthur Fellow, 2014 Alpert Award Winner, and 2013 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award Winner, Michelle performs, teaches and choreographs throughout the world.

BETTER TOGETHER! Join us on Saturday evening or Sunday afternoon for Dorrance Dance Comapny‘s show! Dorrance Dance honors tap dance’s uniquely beautiful history in a new and dynamically compelling context by pushing the form rhythmically, aesthetically and conceptually without stripping its history. In their work, street, club and experimental dance forms awake to the sound of furious rhythms and find their boundaries missing.

The company has performed at Danspace Project, The Kennedy Center, The Yard, Symphony Space, Jacob’s Pillow’s Ruth St. Denis Stage, The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (CHRP), The Barcelona Tap Festival, The DC Tap Festival, The North Carolina Rhythm Tap Festival, The Soul to Sole Festival and Beantown Tap Festival’s “On Tap!,” all to rave reviews. Dorrance Dance’s inaugural performance garnered a Bessie Award for “blasting open our notions of tap.”


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