Michelle Dorrance, Program Director | June 26-July 9

Michelle Dorrance and award-winning artist faculty share a wide range of choreographic approaches and music styles to sharpen dancers’ musicality and technique. Studio work includes traditional vocabulary, cutting edge styles, improvisation, acapella musical composition, and working as solo and ensemble performers. Dancers perform works created on them for the public July 1 and July 8 as part of the free outdoor performance series.

Daily classes emphasize rhythmic structures, musical phrasing, articulated and relaxed approaches to the floor, and use of the full body; particularly in relationship to tap’s folkloric, street, and vernacular history. Music seminars, individual coaching, video viewing, tap history talks, and jam sessions help develop each dancer’s distinctive artistry while sharing new directions influencing the field today. Integral to this immersive experience are interactions with 85th Anniversary Festival artists through master classes and lunchtime career-building discussions, study time in the Archives, and attendance at all Festival performances, public talks, exhibits, and events.

For 25 tap dancers at a professional or advanced pre-professional level with strong performance skills, age 16 and up.

Artist Faculty to be announced


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, 2013 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award winner, 2012 Princess Grace Award winner, and 2012 Field Dance Fund recipient, 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 STOMP, Manhattan Tap, Savion Glover's 'Ti Dii', JazzTap Ensemble, Barbara Duffy & Co, Rumba Tap, Derick K. Grant’s Imagine Tap, and Jason Samuels Smith’s Chasing the Bird to rave reviews. She holds a B.A. from New York University and is on guest faculty at Broadway Dance Center.

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