Ephrat “Bounce” Asherie, a 2016 Bessie Award Winner for Innovative Achievement in Dance, is a New York City based b-girl, dancer and choreographer. As artistic director of Ephrat Asherie Dance (EAD) she has presented work at the Apollo Theater, FiraTarrega, Jacob’s Pillow, New York Live Arts, Summerstage, and the Yard, among others. Ephrat has received numerous awards to support her work including a Kevin Spacey Artist of Choice Award, a Mondo Cane! commission from Dixon Place, a Creative Development Residency from Jacob's Pillow and an Extended Life Residency from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Her first evening length work, A Single Ride, received two Bessie nominations in 2012 for Outstanding Emerging Choreographer and Outstanding Sound Design by Marty Beller. Ephrat has worked and collaborated with Doug Elkins, Rennie Harris, Bil Irwin, David Parsons, Gus Solomons Jr and Buddha Stretch, among others. She is on faculty at Wesleyan University and Broadway Dance Center and is a founding member of the all-female house dance collective, MAWU. Ephrat earned her BA from Barnard College, Columbia University in Italian and her MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she researched the vernacular jazz dance roots of contemporary street and club dances. For more information please visit www.ephratasherie.com.
Christopher Broughton, born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, Chris began dancing at the age of 11 and has never looked back. Under the instruction of Paul and Arlene Kennedy at Universal Dance, he became a member of The Kennedy Tap Company, receiving the national NAACP ACT-SO Award twice. He now travels worldwide both as a soloist and with Jason Samuels Smith’s A.C.G.I., Rasta Thomas’ Tap Stars, and Dorrance Dance. Performances include New York City Center’s Cotton Club Parade; Juba! Master’s of Tap & Percussive Dance at the Kennedy Center; and Broadway’s Tony & Astaire award-winning production After Midnight.
Elizabeth Burke (Co-Dance Captain) is a Chapel Hill, North Carolina native who spent 11 years under the direction of her mentor, Gene Medler, in the acclaimed North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble. Burke has been with Dorrance Dance since its inception in 2010. She pursues her own choreographic work, teaches and performs as a soloist on occasion. She is an alumna of the School at Jacob's Pillow and Marymount Manhattan College (BA Political Science, BA Communication Arts, magna cum laude).
Warren Craft is a New York City tap dancer who has trained in ballet with both the American Ballet Theatre and the School of American Ballet. He has been a member of Brenda Bufalino’s New American Tap Dance Orchestra, Max Pollak’s RumbaTap, and Dorrance Dance. He moves with "bizarre physicality," and "unconventional eloquence." (The New York Times)
Carson Murphy has had the fortune to travel the world tap dancing and working with incredible artists. Carson is currently a member of Dorrance Dance and Nicholas Young’s Sound Movement. Carson has also performed with and for – Sarah Petronio, Ted Levy, Leela Petronio’s Hip Tap Project, Max Pollak’s “Rumba Tap”, Barbara Duffy and Company, Katherine Kramer, Mable Lee, Michela Marino-Lerman, Chloe Arnold’s “Syncopated Ladies”, Tap City, Josh Hilberman, Sarah Savelli, Ayodele Casel, was a part of the original recreation of Harold Cromer’s “Opus One”, toured the U.S. with Broadway’s “42nd Street”, has been seen dancing on Time Square’s JumboTron and has been featured in Dance Spirit Magazine. Carson is endlessly inspired by these artists and may more, and is eternally grateful to spend her life teaching and dancing. Carson is the owner and Director of Sound Movement Pilates and Gyrotonic ® studio in Larchmont, New York. www.soundmovementny.com
Claudia Rahardjanoto, born and raised in Berlin, Germany, started dancing professionally at the age of nine at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Named one of “25 To Watch” by Dance Magazine in 2010 and featured on the cover of Dance Teacher Magazine in 2011, Claudia has danced with and learned from Andreas Dänel, Sven Göttlicher, Dianne Walker, Ted Levy, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Michelle Dorrance, Derick K. Grant, Brenda Bufalino, Roxane Butterfly, Andrew Nemr, Barbara Duffy, Jane Goldberg, Jared Grimes, Max Pollak, Michael Minery, the late Harold ‘Stumpy’ Cromer, and the legendary Mable Lee, amongst others. She is grateful to be able to share her passion and love for tap dance through her performances and teaching worldwide.
Leonardo Sandoval, Brazilian tap dancer, has become known in the tap world and beyond for his musicality, and for adding his own Brazilian flavor to tap. An early member of Dorrance Dance, he is also in demand as a choreographer, solo dancer, and jazz musician. A true dancer-musician, Leo has had his work, including collaborations with composer Gregory Richardson, presented at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and the National Folk Festival.
Byron Tittle (Co-Dance Captain) is a multi-faceted dancer based in New York where he studied extensively at Broadway Dance Center, The American Tap Dance Foundation, and then later toured the country with The Pulse on Tour. After finding commercial success, dancing for the likes of Janet Jackson, Nicki Minaj, and Laurie Ann Gibson, Byron is focused on pushing the boundaries in the concert dance world. He has been touring with Dorrance Dance since 2014 and continues to approach each show with vigor and excitement. His “elegant and polished lines” help captivate audiences worldwide as he feels most at home with the company. (The Brooklyn Rail)
Matthew “Megawatt” West started dancing at 16 on his church’s dance team in Queens, New York, and with the company On Point Choreography, with whom he learned challenging choreography and mastered different styles within hip hop dance. He has competed in several Bboy competitions, and strives to impart knowledge and wisdom on the next generation of dancers: he has taught at Coney Island’s Shining Angels Studio and at after school programs in Queens. Mega is an avid listener of House music and a dedicated student of House dance, training with the NYC crew MAWU, Conrad Rochester, and James "Cricket" Colter.
Nicholas Van Young (Associate Artistic Director) is a dancer, musician, choreographer, and a 2014 Bessie Award recipient. He began his professional career at age 16 under Acia Gray and Deidre Strand with Tapestry Dance Company in Austin, TX, eventually rising to principal dancer and resident choreographer. Since moving to New York, he has performed with Manhattan Tap, RumbaTap, Dorrance Dance, “Beat the Donkey,” has toured as a drummer for Darwin Deez, and spent almost a decade performing with STOMP, where he performed the lead role and acted as rehearsal director. Nicholas tours both nationally and internationally teaching and performing at various Tap Festivals, and founded Sound Movement dance company and IFTRA, Institute for The Rhythmic Arts. He is thrilled to have found a home with Dorrance Dance, co-creating and developing ETM: Double Down, and the Guggenheim Rotunda Project, both collaborative efforts with Michelle Dorrance.
Donovan Dorrance (Co-Music Director, Composer) hails from Chapel Hill, NC where he studied piano, guitar, drums, and voice before attending The University of North Carolina for a B.A. in Philosophy. In 2014, Donovan moved to Brooklyn to assist his sister’s company and pursue his passion for music. In addition to composing music for Dorrance Dance, Donovan composes music for film and theatre, collaborating with students from NYU and Columbia.
Aaron Marcellus (Composer), singer, vocal coach, writer, musician, dancer, and actor from Atlanta started in Gospel music and has performed around the world. He has recorded albums and was voted top 24 on American Idol in 2011. After a world tour, Aaron was featured in a Chapstick commercial, NBC’s “Next Caller” and was a cast member of STOMP. Marcellus also hosts a Burlesque show at Duane Park. Most importantly, he founded both Surrender To Love, LLC, a foundation that supports arts programs and seeks to feed the hungry and Adventure Voice, a training program offering vocal classes for groups and individuals.
Gregory Richardson (Co-Music Director, Composer) is a composer, performer, and multi-instrumentalist who learned rhythm and blues at an early age from a family of musicians. He studied at Bard College and has been working as a professional musician in New York City for nearly two decades. Richardson is known for his winning combination of natural talent, hard work, and dedication and is fortunate to have traveled the world several times over with various ensembles.
Past and Present Collaborators
Ryan P. Casey
Starinah "Star" Dixon
Derick K. Grant
Toshi Reagon and BIGLovely
Jose "Boy Boi" Tena
Joseph C. Wiggan
Gabe Winns Ortiz