Tap artist Brenda Bufalino argues it’s time to rethink the way we write about tap. Critics are always forecasting the next decline of tap dancing. In one instance, a 2011 review in The New York Times, Claudia La Rocco wrote, “Tap is unquestionably a great American art form. It is also unquestionably in dire straits.” … 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 »
When I tell people that I’m an editor at Dance Magazine, one of the first questions I am asked is usually something along the lines of, “So, how does ’25 to Watch’ work?” It starts with a lot of dance viewing. And I mean all year long. In fact, as we move into the winter … More »
Wendy Perron sits down with tap dancer and choreographer Michelle Dorrance talk about her work, The Blues Project.
An eclectic mix of artists reenvisions Martha Graham’s Lamentation. They’re choreographers you would never expect to see sharing a bill with Martha Graham: Modern dancer Kyle Abraham, tapper Michelle Dorrance, contemporary abstractionist Liz Gerring and Sonya Tayeh of “So You Think You Can Dance.” But each has created their own version of her historical … More »
It sometimes happens that a corps dancer shines in featured roles. Said corps dancer might possess a certain flair for drama that doesn’t easily fit in with the company’s predominant style. In such a case, it might take a long time to rise to soloist level. And so it was with New York City Ballet’s … More »
Michelle Dorrance emerges as a choreographer Last winter a gala for the Martha Graham Dance Company boasted guest stars from New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre and also one tap dancer: Michelle Dorrance. Cheerfully comfortable with the potential comedy in her gangling limbs, she hunkered down into a spontaneous rhythmic conversation … More »
The Mariinsky in Nijinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps. Photo by Natasha Razina, Courtesy Mariinsky. One Hundred Years Later May 29 marks the centennial of Nijinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps. Dance artists pay tribute to the original provocateur around the world (probably without the riots, but one never knows): Akram Khan Company in … More »