2017 Tap Program Director
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Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards is a two-time New York Dance and Performance (“Bessie”) Award winner (as performer and choreographer), Princess Grace Award recipient, and Astaire Award for Best Female Performer in Broadway’s After Midnight. Additional Broadway credits include Black and Blue and Bring In Da’Noise, Bring In Da’Funk. Sumbry-Edwards was integral to Noise/Funk’s international tour as dance captain and principal dancer. She performed as a special guest for Grammy Award-winning artist Fantasia and at International Jazz Day 2016, featuring the legendary Al Jarreau and Dee Dee Bridgewater. Film credits include TAP with Gregory Hines, Spike Lee’s Bamboozled as Assistant Choreographer and actress, and The Rise and Fall of Miss Thang garnering a Best Lead Actress nomination. Choreography credits include Michael Jackson’s Rock My World, The Cotton Club’s Sophisticated Ladies, The Blues Project (as co-choreographer and creator), and the Jacob’s Pillow Dance world premiere of And Still You Must Swing, which was named The New York Times “The Best Dance of 2016”. Sumbry-Edwards has more than 30 years of touring the world and also spent 11 years as Michael Jackson’s tap instructor.