Michelle Dorrance is an internationally renowned tap dancer, teacher and choreographer. She has toured with STOMP, Jazz Tap Ensemble, Tap City on Tour, Savion Glover and was a founding member of Savion’s company TiDii.
Michelle's highlights include the Opening Ceremonies for the Cannes Film Festival, the 2002 Winter Olympics, dancing for the Prince of Monaco at the Nijinsky Awards, the Jerry Lewis Telethon, the Beacon Theatre, The Apollo Theater's 70th Anniversary Concert, the debut of Improvography at the Joyce Theater and a national commercial for Cingular Wireless.Michelle was critically acclaimed in the World Premiere of Derrick Grant’s Imagine Tap as well as in Emmy Award-winning choreographer, Jason Samuels Smith’s Charlie’s Angels: A Tribute to Charlie Parker.
Michelle grew up studying dance at The Ballet School of Chapel Hill (founded by her mother, former professional ballet dancer, M’Liss Gary Dorrance) and she grew up performing with her mentor, Gene Medler’s North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble. Michelle has since performed with Manhattan Tap, Rumba Tap, Barbara Duffy & Company, CPD, Dr. Harold Cromer’s original Opus One, Ayodele Casel’s Diary of a Tap Dancer, legendary Mable Lee’s Dancing Ladies and she has also shared the stage with inspirations Dianne Walker, Brenda Bufalino, Josh Hilberman, Sam Weber, Dormeshia Sumbry Edwards, Mark Mendonca, Dr. Fayard Nicholas, Dr. Cholly Atkins, Dr. Buster Brown and Dr. Jimmy Slyde.
Michelle’s choreography is performed across the country and internationally and has been featured at Jacob’s Pillow with Ritmico, at the Joyce Theater, The Duke on 42nd St. and at Symphony Space with The New York City Tap Festival, in a commercial for Toyota Taiwan and has won national and international titles at numerous competitions. Michelle has taught in New York, LA, Rio, Tokyo, Sydney, Tel Aviv, Moscow, and Berline (to name a few). Michelle has taught at countless festivals, universities, workshops and conventions throughout the world. Michelle holds a Bachelor of Arts from New York University, is on faculty at Broadway Dance Center and was recently featured on the cover of Dance Magazine. She can be seen performing in the New York City cast of Off-Broadway sensation, STOMP and is currently creating a new full-length show. For more information please visit www.MichelleDorrance.com
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