Masterclass with Michelle Dorrance

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© Michelle Dorrance: photo Matthew Murphy


Level: Intermediate / advanced tap class for ages 14 and up

NAC Dance in collaboration with Ottawa Rhythm Initiative is pleased to offer a one and half hour master tap class followed by a 30 minute Tap Talk with the award winning Michelle Dorrance.

Michelle Dorrance is a New York City based tap dancer, performer, choreographer, teacher and director. A 2014 Alpert Award winner, 2013 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award winner, 2012 Princess Grace Award Winner, 2012 Field Dance Fund Recipient, and 2011 Bessie Award Winner, Michelle is the Founder and Artistic Director of Dorrance Dance/ New York.

Mentored by Gene Medler, Michelle grew up performing with the North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble and has since performed with: STOMP, Savion Glover’s ti dii, Manhattan Tap, Barbara Duffy & Co, JazzTap Ensemble, Rumba Tap, Ayodele Casel’sDiary of a Tap Dancer, Mable Lee’s Dancing Ladies, Harold Cromer’s original Opus One, Derick Grant’s Imagine Tap and Jason Samuels Smith’s Charlie’s Angels/Chasing the Bird. Michelle’s choreography has been featured on stages throughout the world as well as in a high-fashion short film for Tabitha Simmons’ 2011 Fall line.

Michelle embodies a true passion for teaching and strives to share this passion wherever she goes. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from NYU, played bass for Darwin Deez, teaches on faculty at Broadway Dance Center, is a Capezio Athlete and has been featured on the covers of Dance Magazine and Dance Teacher Magazine. Michelle wishes to credit the master hoofers from whom she studied with in her youth for constant inspiration and influence.

* This masterclass and Tap Talk are at Bate Hall in allsaints at 10 Blackburn Avenue in Sandy Hill.


Performance is approximately 2 hours with no intermission.

© Michelle Dorrance: photo Matthew Murphy