Presentation by Tap Dancer, Teacher, and Choreographer Michelle Dorrance at Southern Vermont College

November 11, 2013

Michelle Dorrance, award-winning and electrifying tap dancer, teacher, and choreographer, will perform with members of her troupe and teach a Tap Master class at Southern Vermont College on Thursday, November 21. Both the class and the program are free and open to the public. Please note that space is limited.

Dorrance has been tap dancing since the age of four and performing on stage since she was eight. In 2011, Dorrance founded Dorrance Dance/New York so that audiences could view tap dance in a new and dynamic compelling way. She is one of the most sought after tap dancers of her generation and has brought a new vision of tap to audiences across the world.

According to Brian Seibert of The New York Times, 'Ms. Dorrance makes full use of tone, timbre, volume, tempo and, of course, rhythm, constructing patterns that lock together thrillingly.”  Dorrance’s appearance is part of SVC’s lecture/performance series this academic year, entitled “Look Within, See Beyond: Nurturing Growth and Resilience.”

The audience can meet Dorrance at a reception following her 2:25 p.m. performance in the Everett Mansion Theatre. The Tap Master Class will begin at 4 p.m. on the Everett Theatre stage.

Dorrance teaches, choreographs, and performs throughout the U.S. and abroad. She has been a faculty member at Broadway Dance Center, teaching at Steps on Broadway, Pendance Center, Duke University, New York University, East Carolina University, The Ohio State University, Barnard College, and Eton College.

Dorrance has performed with the world’s notable tap companies including the New York City cast of Off-Broadway sensation, STOMP; with Heather Cornell’s Manhattan Tap; Barbara Duffy & Company; Max Pollak’s Rumba Tap; Tony Waag’s Tap City on Tour; Lynn Dally’s Jazz Tap Ensemble; and Savion Glover’s company Ti Dii. Her highlight performances include the Opening Ceremonies for the 2001 “Cannes Film Festival,” the 2002 Winter Olympics, “Nijinsky Awards,” “Jerry Lewis Telethon,” The Apollo Theater, and Joyce Theater.

Dorrance has performed as a featured soloist in Toshi Reagon and Allison Miller’s “Celebrate The Great Women of Jazz and Blues” at the Shomburg Theatre in Harlem and Highline Ballroom. She has been featured alongside acclaimed flamenco dancer Eduardo Guerrero in the opening number of the United Kingdom’s “Royal Variety Performance,” and with cast members from STOMP on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” accompanying Paul Simon and Fallon in a new rendition of the Simon & Garfunkel song “Cecilia.”

In 2012, Dorrance received the Princess Grace Award, the first tap dancer to receive a fellowship in choreography in the organization’s 30-year history. Also, she was the recipient of the 2011 Bessie Award, the 2012 Field Dance Fund, and the 2013 dance award from Jacob’s Pillow.

Among upcoming events in the SVC lecture/performance series, take special note that, on Thursday, January 23, Two Star General Barrye L. Price will deliver a lecture, entitled “Martin Luther King, Jr: The Man Behind the Legend.” On Thursday, February 13, four authors—Sydney Lea, Poet Laureate of Vermont; Alexandria Peary, Ph.D., Author and Associate Professor/First-Year Writing Coordinator at Salem State University; Megan Mayhew Bergman, Author; and Andre Dubus III, Author and Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell—will be part of a panel, entitled “Art for Art’s Sake, or Art as Social Change.” The SVC series will conclude on Thursday, April 10, with Maggie Dietz, Author and Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, offering an afternoon presentation on poetry and joining the public in a later session entitled “A Community Reads Favorite Poems.”

For more information on the lectures, contact the SVC Office of Communications at 802-447-6388 or