Michelle Dorrance (Artistic Director -Dorrance Dance
/Choreographer/Dancer) is a New York City-based artist. Mentored by Gene Medler (North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble), she was lucky to study under many of the last master hoofers. Career highlights include: STOMP
, Derick Grant's Imagine Tap!
, Jason Samuels Smith's Charlie's Angels/Chasing the Bird
, Ayodele Casel's Diary of a Tap Dancer
, Mable Lee's Dancing Ladies
, and Darwin Deez. Company work includes Savion Glover's Ti Dii
, Manhattan Tap, Barbara Duffy, JazzTap Ensemble, Rumba Tap, and solo work ranging from The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
to commissions for the Martha Graham Dance Company and American Ballet Theatre. A 2018 Doris Duke Artist, 2017 Ford Foundation Art of Change Fellow, and 2015 MacArthur Fellow, Dorrance is humbled to have been acknowledged/supported by United States Artists, the Joyce Theater, New York City Center, the Alpert Awards, Jacob's Pillow, Princess Grace Foundation, The Field, American Tap Dance Foundation, and the Bessie Awards. Dorrance holds a BA from New York University and is a Capezio Athlete.
Photo: Dana Lynn Pleasant Photography