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), The Kennedy Center (Washington, DC), New York City Center (New York, NY), Lincoln Center Out of Doors (New York, NY), Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival (Becket, MA), Vail International Dance Festival (Vail, CO), National Arts Centre of Canada (Ontario, Canada), Fira Tarrega (Tarrega, Spain), Staatstheater Darmstadt (Darmstadt, Germany), Danse Danse Montreal (Montreal, Canada), Hong Kong Arts Festival (Hong Kong), among others and including many colleges and universities across the United States.
The company is currently touring its repertory nationally and internationally while rehearsing and creating new works in its NYC home and through additional creative residency opportunities. As Dorrance Dance continues to expand its programs to help shape and educate the next generation of tap dancers, the company will partner with Nicholas Van Young's Institute For The Rhythmic Arts, 92Y Harkness Dance Center and Dance Education Laboratory (DEL), and Get Empowered! among other educational initiatives for the 2017-2018 season.