Michelle Dorrance is a New York City based tap dancer, performer, choreographer, teacher and director. A 2015 MacArthur Fellow, 2014 Alpert Award winner, 2013 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award winner, 2012 Princess Grace Award Winner, 2012 Field Dance Fund Recipient, and 2011 Bessie Award Winner, Michelle is the Founder and Artistic Director of Dorrance Dance/ New York.
Mentored by Gene Medler, Michelle grew up performing with the North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble and has since performed with: STOMP, Savion Glover’s ti dii, Manhattan Tap, Barbara Duffy & Co, JazzTap Ensemble, Rumba Tap, Ayodele Casel’s Diary of a Tap Dancer, Mable Lee’s Dancing Ladies, Harold Cromer’s original Opus One, Derick Grant’s Imagine Tap, and Jason Samuels Smith’s Charlie’s Angels/Chasing the Bird. Michelle’s choreography is performed across the country and internationally and has been featured at countless theaters, clubs, and festivals throughout the world, in a high-fashion short film for Tabitha Simmons, and The Martha Graham Dance Company commissioned her choreography as a part of their Lamentation Variations series. As a soloist, recent highlights include collaborating with Bill Irwin, Kate Davis, Robbie Fairchild, Lil’ Buck and Melissa Toogood, under the direction of Damian Woetzel at Vail International Dance Festival and performing on CBS’s The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
Michelle embodies a true passion for teaching and strives to share this passion wherever she goes. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from NYU, played bass for Darwin Deez, teaches on faculty at Broadway Dance Center, is a Capezio Athlete and has been featured on the covers of Dance Magazine and Dance Teacher Magazine. Michelle wishes to credit the master hoofers from whom she studied with in her youth for constant inspiration and influence.