In this captivating NAC Dance podcast interview, Cathy Levy talks with New Yorker Michelle Dorrance, tapper extraordinaire and recipient of a MacArthur Genius grant, on the eve of her company’s National Arts Centre debut. Michelle always knew she was destined to be a tapper. Her mentor Gene Medler exposed her early to numerous tap legends including Jimmy Slyde, Jeni Legon, Henry Le Tang, Fayard and Harold Nicholas as well as to cutting edge artists like Savion Glover who would later invite her to become a founding member of his group Ti Dii. Work and praise followed as her knowledge and interest in the history and tradition of tap deepened. Through her company Dorrance Dance, founded in 2010, she pushes the boundaries of the art form through imaginative collaborations and pursues her lifelong commitment to education.