about this event
Myelination (2017), choreographed by Michelle Dorrance, is a full-company work featuring original, live music by Donovan Dorrance and Gregory Richardson with vocalist Aaron Marcellus. This “exhilarating ensemble piece,” in which each dancer is both an ensemble member and an improvisational soloist, challenges the performers to take risks and achieve new heights of technical and musical execution inside of the form of tap dance.
In addition, Bessie-Award winning Three to One (2011), and the whimsical Jungle Blues (2012) complete this program, illustrating the great range that this company is known for.
Dorrance Dance was founded in 2011 by MacArthur “Genius” Award recipient and artistic director Michelle Dorrance. Dorrance Dance aims to honor tap dance’s uniquely beautiful history in a new and dynamically compelling context, not by stripping the form of its tradition, but by pushing it rhythmically, aesthetically, and conceptually.
Mentored by Gene Medler, Michelle Dorrance grew up performing with the North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble and has since appeared with STOMP, Manhattan Tap, Barbara Duffy & Co, Mable Lee’s Dancing Ladies, Harold Cromer’s original Opus One, and Jason Samuels Smith’s Charlie’s Angels/Chasing the Bird, to name a few. Her choreography has been featured around the world. In 2015, Dorrance Dance with Toshi Reagon and BIGLovely won a Bessie Award for their show The Blues Project.
“Ms. Dorrance, a brilliant conductor, pushes the boundaries of tap while exposing its true nature: that it is music.” —The New York Times