Michelle Dorrance isn’t a MacArthur-certified “Genius” for nothing. Last night at New York City’s Guggenheim Museum, she premiered the first ever Works & Process Rotunda Project, a brand new initiative announced last summer that commissions site-specific work specifically for the Guggenheim’s iconic Frank Lloyd Wright–designed Rotunda. (Next up: Daniil Simkin.) Dorrance’s project, in collaboration with fellow … More »
Though New York City’s Guggenheim Museum is principally a destination for modern- and contemporary-art enthusiasts, its dance programming seems to be getting beefier each season. This week, details were released for two site-specific events we’re practically drooling over. Tapper extraordinaire Michelle Dorrance and American Ballet Theatre pyrotechnic wonderboy Daniil Simkin will perform in the museum’s iconic rotunda. … More »
One day in September, Michelle Dorrance received multiple calls from an unlisted number. She ignored them, assuming they were from a creditor to collect on her dance company’s crippling credit card debt. But the caller was persistent, and Dorrance eventually answered. The mysterious person on the line asked if she was somewhere she could receive … More »
Two weeks ago, tap innovator Michelle Dorrance was named a MacArthur Genius. Last week, she premiered her mind-blowing Fall for Dance commission, Myelination, at New York City Center. And last night, she taught “Late Night” host Stephen Colbert how to tap dance. Is there anything she can’t do? As Colbert’s guest, she taught him to … More »
A hearty congratulations to Michelle Dorrance on being named one of this year’s MacArthur Fellows! When I saw the list of awardees, my first thought was, Hasn’t she already gotten one of these by now? At Dance Magazine, we’ve long admired the tapper and choreographer’s work, and can’t wait to see the creative fruits of her award—$625,000 spread … More »
Wendy Perron sits down with tap dancer and choreographer Michelle Dorrance talk about her work, The Blues Project.
I never decided to be a professional tap dancer. I just always knew that I would never stop tap dancing. There is nothing in the world like embodying music and dance at the same time. There is nothing like dancing for the very purpose of creating a specific rhythm, or a crescendo, or a feel. … More »
"There is nothing as honest as a street crowd because they don't have to be there." –performer extraordinaire Michelle Dorrance, in "Tap Out Loud." Read more about Michelle and her tap philosophy in DM's May's cover story, on newsstands now.
Onstage, 25-year-old Michelle Dorrance exudes warmth while hitting hard. Hitting, in case, you didn’t know, is how a tap dancer’s foot lands on the floor. Dorrance, who appeared with Savion Glover and his Ti Dii group last winter, also has that particular looseness every notable tap dancer has—a swing that extends from the hips to … More »
Michelle Dorrance performing at Jacob’s Pillow in 2013. Photo by Christopher Duggan. Last summer Michelle Dorrance’s Blues Project at Jacob’s Pillow was such a hit that she was invited back for two weeks this summer. A two-week run—practically unheard of at the Pillow! Judging from a rehearsal I saw yesterday, she’s got another hit on … More »