Northrop and the Twin Cities Tap Festival, Carlson Family Stage - Minneapolis, MN
Oct
19
7:30 PM19:30

Northrop and the Twin Cities Tap Festival, Carlson Family Stage - Minneapolis, MN

After their triumphant Northrop debut in 2015 with The Blues Project, Michelle Dorrance and her remarkable company of dancers return to dispel all of our pre-conceived notions about tap dance and fill the Northrop stage with rhythm and joy! Springing from Dorrance's prodigious imagination and embodied by an ensemble of dancers as diverse and multi-faceted as tap dance itself, Myelination provides a fitting climax to this year’s Twin Cities Tap Festival.

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Des Moines Civic Center
Oct
22
7:30 PM19:30

Des Moines Civic Center

DORRANCE DANCE is an award-winning tap dance company based out of New York City. The company’s work aims to honor tap dance’s uniquely beautiful history in a new, dynamic, and compelling context; not by stripping the form of its tradition, but by pushing it – rhythmically, technically, and conceptually. The company’s inaugural performance garnered a Bessie Award for “blasting open our notions of tap” and the company continues its passionate commitment to expanding the audience of tap dance, America’s original art form. 

Founded in 2011 by artistic director and 2015 MacArthur Fellow, Michelle Dorrance, the company has received countless accolades, rave reviews and performed for packed houses at venues including The Joyce Theater (New York, NY), Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival (Becket, MA), New York City Center (New York, NY), Carolina Performing Arts (Chapel Hill, NC), Vail International Dance Festival (Vail, CO), The Kennedy Center (Washington, DC), Lincoln Center Out of Doors (New York, NY), among many others.

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Interlochen Arts Festival, Corson Auditorium - Interlochen, MI
Jul
6
7:30 PM19:30

Interlochen Arts Festival, Corson Auditorium - Interlochen, MI

A MacArthur winner, choreographer and tap dancer Michelle Dorrance is celebrated for connecting tap's history to contemporary urban culture and infusing the art form with theatricality and humor. Dorrance and her company perform Myelination, featuring original live music; the rarely seen, Bessie Award- winning Three to One; and a revival of the whimsical Jungle Blues, in a program that connects tap back to its roots in jazz and jump blues, and forward to the cadences of hip-hop and indie rock. "Dorrance … pushes the boundaries of tap while exposing its true nature: that it is music" (The New York Times).

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International Festival of Arts & Ideas, Shubert Theater - New Haven, CT
Jun
11
8:00 PM20:00

International Festival of Arts & Ideas, Shubert Theater - New Haven, CT

DORRANCE DANCE

MYELINATION

MacArthur “Genius” award winner, choreographer and tap dancer Michelle Dorranceis celebrated for connecting tap's history to contemporary urban culture and infusing the art form with theatricality and humor. Dorrance and her company perform Myelination, featuring original live music; the rarely seen, Bessie Award-winning Three to One; and a revival of the whimsical Jungle Blues, in a program that connects tap back to its roots in jazz and jump blues, and forward to the cadences of hip-hop and indie rock. "Dorrance... pushes the boundaries of tap while exposing its true nature: that it is music" (The New York Times).

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Yerba Buena Center for The Arts - San Francisco, CA
May
9
to May 11

Yerba Buena Center for The Arts - San Francisco, CA

YBCA welcomes back YBCA100 honoree Michelle Dorrance with the San Francisco premiere of the celebrated ETM: Double Down project, which celebrates the extreme mobility of the percussive body, combining rhythm with interactive electronic music technology in a perfect fusion of movement and sound featuring an incredible cast of 8 amazing tap dancers and 3 musicians playing live. An exciting visual and auditory polyphony from a cabaret that merges modernity and tradition. Using original tap “instruments” designed by 2014 Bessie Award Winner Nicholas Van Young, the score is not simply danced to, but danced BY the company. With the right programming, the sound of a single footfall can range from a snare drum to a note on an arpeggio.

Choreography by Michelle Dorrance and Nicholas Van Young, with Ephrat Asherie, and solo improvisation by the dancers
Original Music by Gregory Richardson, Nicholas Van Young, Donovan Dorrance, Aaron Marcellus, Warren Craft, with Michelle Dorrance
Additional Music by Adele, The Knife, Bon Iver, Patrick Watson
Lighting Design by Kathy Kaufmann
Costume Design by Amy Page

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Granada Theater - UC Santa Barbara, CA
May
5
7:00 PM19:00

Granada Theater - UC Santa Barbara, CA

“There are funky grooves and joyous ones and acoustic tapping of terrific complexity and cogency.” The New York Times

A rare artist who makes dance as innovative as it is engaging, tap genius Michelle Dorrance leads a company comprised of some of the best hoofers in the business. The MacArthur Fellow returns with a mesmerizing evening-length work that combines rhythm with interactive electronic music technology. The entire stage is an instrument as eight incredible dancers on electronic tap boards – plus three musicians playing live – become an orchestra creating an exciting visual and auditory polyphony that merges modernity and tradition into pure bliss.

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Segerstrom Hall - Costa Mesa, CA
May
3
7:30 PM19:30

Segerstrom Hall - Costa Mesa, CA

ETM: Double Down takes the uniquely American dance form of tap to a new level, with a musical score triggered by the company of eight dancers’ fabulous footwork. Tap has always been a way of talking to the stage, but with Van Young’s electronic tap boards, the stage is now able to talk back, as every step, swipe, and scrape sets off an element of sound, turning the entire stage into a musical instrument.

Choreography: Michelle Dorrance and Nicholas Van Young, with Ephrat Asherie, and solo improvisation by the dancers

Original Music by: Gregory Richardson, Nicholas Van Young, Donovan Dorrance, Aaron Marcellus, Warren Craft, with Michelle Dorrance

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The O'Shaughnessy Theater - St. Paul, MN
Apr
26
7:30 PM19:30

The O'Shaughnessy Theater - St. Paul, MN

Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower

In this genre-defying work featuring a powerhouse ensemble of 20 singers and musicians, Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower harnesses two centuries of Black music to give musical life to Butler’s acclaimed science fiction novel of the same name.

Written by Toshi Reagon, who Vibe Magazine called “one helluva rock’n’roller-coaster ride,” in collaboration with Bernice Johnson Reagon, the iconic singer, scholar and activist, Parable of the Sower becomes a mesmerizing theatrical work of rare power and beauty that reveals deep insights on gender, race and the future of human civilization.

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The Patricia N. Nanon Theater, presented by The Yard - Martha's Vineyard, MA
Apr
26
11:30 AM11:30

The Patricia N. Nanon Theater, presented by The Yard - Martha's Vineyard, MA

Leonardo Sandoval and Gregory Richardson

Partido & Phase

“Mr. Sandoval, arriving next as if blown in from the wings, had a more spontaneous aura of thinking on his feet as he riffed off the bassist Greg Richardson’s Afro-Brazilian sounds, played live.”

- The New York Times

Partido explores the convergence of percussive dance with contemporary urban styles in African-American and Afro-Brazilian culture.  The piece highlights the deep connections between music and dance of African origin in Brazil and the US and links styles like samba and house dance through shared rhythms and footwork.  Through vibrant, playful percussive choreography and music, Partido addresses questions of cultural identity and race, highlighting and celebrating a shared heritage.  

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The Argyros - Sun Valley, ID
Apr
9
to Apr 10

The Argyros - Sun Valley, ID

SOUNDspace was originally a site-specific work exploring the unique acoustics of New York City’s St. Mark’s Church. It will be adapted for the unique setting and acoustical capabilities of The Argyros. Based in New York, it is one of the hottest companies on today’s dance scene.

https://theargyros.org/calendar/dorrance-dance/

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Macky Auditorium - Boulder, CO
Apr
6
7:30 PM19:30

Macky Auditorium - Boulder, CO

Hailed as “entirely glorious” by The New York Times, Dorrance presents tap dance like you’ve never seen. In Artistic Director Michelle Dorrance’s capable hands, the company pushes the boundaries of this uniquely American art form.

https://cupresents.org/event/1594/artist/dorrance-dance/

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Newman Center - Denver, CO
Apr
4
7:30 PM19:30

Newman Center - Denver, CO

Eight dancers and six musicians spend the evening furiously exploring acoustically and digitally produced sounds. The dancers actually dance the score, tapping and moving on digital platforms that make the stage their instrument. MacArthur “Genius” grant recipient Michelle Dorrance celebrates the extreme mobility of the percussive body, combining rhythm with interactive electronic music technology in a perfect fusion of movement and sound in ETM: Double Down, a plunge into the energizing ambience of an incredible tap dance reimagined by 8 amazing dancers and 3 musicians playing live.

“With each performance of Dorrance Dance, tap expands.” — The New York Times

https://www.newmancenterpresents.com/?event=dorrance-dance-2019

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New York City Center - New York, NY
Mar
28
to Mar 30

New York City Center - New York, NY

Highlights of this City Center engagement include Harlequin & Pantalone, choreographed by hoofer, clown, and stage and screen star Bill Irwin who will also perform alongside Dorrance; Jump Monk, by tap dance legend Brenda Bufalino; and a re-imagining of SOUNDspace, the Company’s 2013 site-specific exploration of New York City’s St. Mark’s Church. Special guest Kate Davis will accompany several pieces with live music while Justin Peck, of New York City Ballet fame, will revisit his tap roots in Dorrance Dance Classics. Whether you’ve loved the Company in past Fall for Dance Festivals or are experiencing Dorrance’s wild choreographic imagination for the first time, this slate of rotating repertory will blast open your notions of what tap dance can be.

https://www.nycitycenter.org/pdps/2018-2019/Dorrance-Dance/

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Krannert Center, Tryon Festival Theatre - Urbana, IL
Mar
14
9:00 PM21:00

Krannert Center, Tryon Festival Theatre - Urbana, IL

Dorrance and her company will perform the impulsive, visually enticing Myelination, an exhilarating ensemble piece featuring original live music by Donovan Dorrance, Gregory Richardson, and Aaron Marcellus; the rarely seen, dramatic, Bessie Award-winning Three to One; and a revival of the sassy, funky Jungle Blues with score by Branford Marsalis. “Dorrance . . . pushes the boundaries of tap while exposing its true nature: that it is music” (The New York Times).

Recommended for ages 10 and up

This performance will run approximately 70 minutes with no intermission.

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Walton Arts Center - Fayetteville, AR
Feb
12
5:00 PM17:00

Walton Arts Center - Fayetteville, AR

ABOUT:

Dorrance Dance is an award-winning tap dance company based out of New York City. The company’s work aims to honor tap dance’s uniquely beautiful history in a new, dynamic and compelling context; not by stripping the form of its tradition, but by pushing it – rhythmically, technically and conceptually.

Founded in 2011 by artistic director and 2015 MacArthur Fellow, Michelle Dorrance, the company has received numerous accolades, rave reviews and has performed at packed houses across the U.S. and internationally. Blasting open standard notions of tap, the company continues touring in promotion of its passionate commitment to expanding the audience of America’s original art form. The top ticket price includes a meet n greet with the artists.

DATE: Tuesday, Feb. 12, 7pm

LOCATION: Baum Walker Hall at Walton Arts Center

https://waltonartscenter.org/tickets/series/night-out-series/dorrance-dance/

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GPAC - Germantown, TN
Jan
26
8:00 PM20:00

GPAC - Germantown, TN

Dance/Tap to a New Level. Based in New York City, award-winning tap dance company Dorrance Dance was founded in 2011 by artistic director and 2015 MacArthur Fellow Michelle Dorrance. The company’s work aims to honor the uniquely beautiful history of tap dance in a new, dynamic and compelling context, not by stripping the form of its tradition but by pushing it — rhythmically, technically and conceptually.

https://www.gpacweb.com/event-list/2019/dorrance-dance

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Brown Theater - Louisville, KY
Jan
23
8:00 PM20:00

Brown Theater - Louisville, KY

Location: Brown Theatre, 315 W Broadway - GET DIRECTIONS

  • Date(s): Wednesday, January 23rd @ 8:00 PM

  • Ages: All ages

  • Price: Tickets start at $20.00* 
    *sales tax not included

  • Running Time: Approximately 1 hour 30 minutes

Program:
ETM: Double Down
Using original tap “instruments” designed by 2014 Bessie Award Winner Nicholas Van Young, the score is not simply danced to, but danced BY the company. With the right programming, the sound of a single footfall can range from a snare drum to a note on an arpeggio.

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Cutler Majestic Theater - Boston, MA
Jan
18
to Jan 19

Cutler Majestic Theater - Boston, MA

Friday, January 18, 8:00 pm 
Saturday, January 19, 8:00 pm

Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre

219 Tremont St., Boston

$65, $50, $40

Tap dancer and choreographer Michelle Dorrance honors tap dance’s unique American tradition while pushing the form rhythmically, aesthetically, and conceptually. Her iconic tap company, Dorrance Dance, includes 12 dancers and a live band performing Myelination and the Boston premieres of Jungle Blues, and Three to One.


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Capitol Center - Concord, NH
Jan
15
7:00 PM19:00

Capitol Center - Concord, NH

“With each performance of Dorrance Dance, tap expands.” – The New York Times

Dorrance Dance is an award-winning tap dance company based out of New York City. The company’s work aims to honor tap dance’s uniquely beautiful history. Founder and artistic director Michelle Dorrance is a MacArthur “Genius Grant” winning American tap dancer, performer, choreographer, teacher and director.

The program includes the exhilarating Myelination (2017) set to live, original music; the rarely seen, Bessie Award-winning Three to One (2011); and the whimsical Jungle Blues (2012).

https://ccanh.com/events/dorrance-dance/

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Peace Concert Hall - Greenville, SC
Nov
18
3:00 PM15:00

Peace Concert Hall - Greenville, SC

The program includes the exhilarating Myelination (2017) set to live, original music; the rarely seen, Bessie Award-winning Three to One (2011); and the whimsical Jungle Blues (2012).
 
“[An] effervescent, twitchy piece… [Myelination] showcases a bit of everything: from graceful, gliding swoops to one-armed balances that pull hip-hop back to tap… Throughout, Dorrance, a brilliant conductor, pushes the boundaries of tap while exposing its true nature: that it is music.” (The New York Times)

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Diana Wortham Theater - Ashville, NC
Nov
15
to Nov 16

Diana Wortham Theater - Ashville, NC

Award-winning choreographer, dancer and director Michelle Dorrance is one of the most sought-after tap dancers of this generation. Praised by The New York Times as “a brilliant conductor,” Dorrance Dance’s riveting performances “push the boundaries of tap,” exposing its true form as music through motion. Learning the art of ballet from her mother, then excelling in percussive dance, Dorrance soon elevated the traditional jazzy form to new levels rhythmically, aesthetically and conceptually — founding her critically acclaimed company Dorrance Dance in 2011. In the years since, Dorrance Dance has wowed audiences with its racial, physical and stylistic diversity, as well as the unity of its dancers’ footwork.

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Pillow Case - Jacob's Pillow - Tyringham, MA
Aug
11
5:30 PM17:30

Pillow Case - Jacob's Pillow - Tyringham, MA

A garden party performance celebrating the magic of Jacob’s Pillow featuring Music From The Sole, a live band and tap dance spectaular!

Join us for an afternoon of cocktails, light cuisine, and classic company making the case for Jacob’s Pillow! Experience a special performance at a picturesque private estate in Tyringham.

All ticket purchases benefit the programs and possibilities of Jacob’s Pillow. Proceeds will support dance-enhanced community partnerships throughout the Berkshires, dancers attending The School at Jacob’s Pillow, nascent choreographers, and the ongoing work of dance research and scholarship.

https://www.jacobspillow.org/events/pillow-case/

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