HOMETOWN: Chapel Hill, North Carolina
BEST KNOWN FOR: Tap
Michelle Dorrance is one of this generations most influential tap dancers. She has performed with many of the current top tap solo artists, and companies in the world. She spent four years performing in the Off-Broadway classic, STOMP, and has taught master classes at numerous tap festivals around the globe. In 2011 she founded Dorrance Dance/New York.
- Began dancing at age four. Mentored by Gene Midler.
- Formally trained at The Ballet School of Chapel Hill. School was founded by her mother, M’Liss Gary Dorrance.
- Early career spent touring with North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble (NCYTE). Performed at tap festivals in St. Louis, Chicago and Vienna.
- Was invited to dance with swing-revival icons the Squirrel Nut Zippers while still a teenager.
- Highlight performances include the Opening Ceremonies for the 2001 Cannes Film Festival, the 2002 Winter Olympics, the Nijinsky Awards, the Jerry Lewis Telethon, Savion Glover at The Beacon Theatre, The Apollo Theater’s 70th Anniversary Concert and the debut ofImprovography at the Joyce Theater.
- Has been a feature performer/instructor at tap festivals around the world including The New York City Tap Festival, the LA Tap Festival, the North Carolina Rhythm Tap Festival, the DC Tap Festival, Tap Kids, the Chicago Human Rhythm Project, Brazil International Tap Festival, Beantown Tap Festival, Stockholm Tap Festival, Barcelona Tap Festival, Prague City Tap Festival, Berlin’s Blue Tap Festival, the Düsseldorf Stepptanz Festival, the New Jersey Tap Festival.
- Has been the subject of featured articles and the cover/cover story for both Dance Magazine and Dance Teacher Magazine.
- She was featured alongside acclaimed flamenco dancer Eduardo Guerrero, directed by Luke Creswell and Steve McNicholas in the opening number of the UK’s Royal Variety Performance, and performed with cast members from STOMP on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon accompanying Paul Simon and Fallon in a new rendition of the classic “Cecilia.”
- In 2011 Michelle founded Dorrance Dance/New York.
- Honored with a 2012 Princess Grace Award, the first tap dancer to receive a fellowship in Choreography in the organization’s thirty year history.