It has been a remarkable year for tap dance. I am so humbled to experience the growing appreciation and support for the artform in our culture. The generosity Dorrance Dance has been blessed with this year is beyond anything I ever could have imagined. I feel so incredibly lucky, and am so excited for the serious work we have ahead of us.
I’m writing on this day of national philanthropy to ask you to make a gift to Dorrance Dance. Your support, in any amount, will help tremendously as we strive to expand what’s possible for this remarkable American art form. I hope you will give in support of tap dance, and the outstanding group of dancers, musicians, technicians and administrators who make Dorrance Dance live and breathe.
I understand this request might be surprising in the context of my being named a MacArthur Fellow. I am so humbled and deeply moved by this incredible honor, and while the $125,000 I will receive each year for the next five years gives us an incredible foundation on which to build Dorrance Dance, the truth is — running a dance company is considerably more expensive than that. To support our nonstop touring schedule and keep pace with the unprecedented demand for our work, we must expand the infrastructure of the company.
Your support means the world to all of us, and will immediately be put to work paying the artists, technicians and administrators who move this company forward.
We have an unprecedented opportunity to bring this visceral, innovative, and uniquely American art form its long overdue respect and infinite reach. That the MacArthur Foundation has acknowledged TAP DANCE makes it more crucial than ever that we live up to our vast potential. With your help, alongside others who want to empower this art form, I know we can. Thank you for joining us.
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